Just 856,000 for first episode of The Renovators

The RenovatorsTen’s The Renovators delivered a hugely disappointing 856,000 for its launch episode, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

This was despite inheriting an audience of 1.734m from Masterchef.

The Renovators, running from 8.30pm to 9.40pm, was 12th for the night, well behind rival home improvement show The Block, which rated 1.828m for Nine (with a peak of 2.376m) and won the night.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Nine either. Its telemovie Panic At Rock Island, from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, rated just 596,000, 18th for the night.  

The winning 8.30pm show was Seven’s series return of Bones which rated 1.071m.

The Renovators – produced by Shine – is among the most expensive pieces of programming aired by Ten. The show is stripped across the daily schedule.

However, despite the low launch numbers, Ten’s programmers will point to the fact that the first series of Masterchef also started slowly.

A Ten spokesman said: “This is a solid start for an exceptionally well-made show and we expect the audience will build throughout the season. Last night, The Renovators achieved clear wins in Ten’s target demographics and once viewers get a taste for show, we’re confident they’ll be back for more.” Social media sentiment for the show was broadly positive.

Meanwhile, SBS scored one of its best audiences of the year with 704,000 tuning in for Aussie Cadel Evans’ victory lap in the Tour de France.

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Cadel Evans (pic courtesy of

Sunday’s Top 15 shows:

  1. The Block – Nine – 1.828m
  2. Masterchef – Ten – 1.734m
  3. Nine News – Nine – 1.668m
  4. Seven News – Seven – 1.528m
  5. Sunday Night – Seven – 1.284m
  6. 60 Minutes – Nine – 1.261m
  7. Midsomer Murders – ABC – 1.154m
  8. Sneak Peek: Australia’s Got Talent – Seven – 1.096m
  9. Bones – Seven – 1.071m
  10. Grand Designs- ABC – 1.040m
  11. Merlin – Ten – 0.872m
  12. The Renovators – Ten-  0.858m
  13. Great Migrations – Seven – 0.846m
  14. ABC News – ABC – 0.801m
  15. Castle – Seven – 0.797m

Sunday’s metro channel share:

Nine: 20.1%
Seven: 19.6%
Ten: 16.7%
ABC1: 13.2%
SBS1: 9.5%
GO!: 3.8%
One: 3.8%
Eleven: 3.2%
7mate: 2.4%
7Two: 2.4%
Gem: 2.3%
ABC2: 1.3%
SBS2: 0.7%
ABC News 24: 0.5%
ABC3: 0.3%


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