Nine wins Wednesday with help of The Block and news

Nine’s The Block and its news offerings dominated OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings last night, giving the station an average audience share win with 21.3%

The channel’s most-watched show was Nine News, pulling 1.022m metro viewers, while its 6:30pm offering captured  1.017m.

The Block continues to pull high audience numbers

Nationally, the shows had 1.029m and 1.030m respectively.

In entertainment, The Block’s Wednesday night episode reached 975,000 metro viewers, and 1.416m national viewers, defeating commercial rival shows in the same time slot – Ten’s The Bachelor and Seven’s Border Security: Australia’s Front.

Later on in the evening, Nine’s movie Pitch Perfect 2 had a metro audience of 422,000.

Coming in second in the average audience shares was Seven, with 17.3%.

Its news offering at 6pm won the night with 1.071m metro viewers, while its 6:30pm edition – which screens as Today Tonight in some states – was watched by a metro audience of 1.010m.

Seven’s most-watched entertainment show was Home and Away, averaging 714,000 metro viewers and 1.169m national viewers at 7pm.

Border Security – Australia’s Front Line was watched by 671,000 metro viewers, while The Force – Behind The Line, which aired at 8pm, had 629,000 metro viewers. The shows managed 1.074m and 1.029m national viewers respectively.

Later in the evening was Criminal Minds, which placed 21st on the ratings ladder with 422,000 metro viewers and 731,000 national viewers.

While Ten placed third in the audience shares at 14.7% it dominated the key advertising demographics – with The Bachelor winning the 16-39s and 18-49s, and placing second to The Block in the 25-54s.

The episode – which finished on a cliffhanger – averaged 753,000 metro viewers and 981,000 viewers nationally.

Offspring, Ten’s drama offering which aired later on in the night, attracted 618,000 metro viewers.

It placed third across all key advertising demographics.

ABC finished the night with a 13.3% audience share over SBS’ 4.6%.

The most-watched program on the national broadcaster was ABC News, with 752,000 metro viewers.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell pulled 748,000 viewers.


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