The Block helps Nine to narrow Sunday night ratings win

The new season of Nine’s The Block has edged closer to the million viewer mark with an average of 996,000 metro viewers on Sunday night.

The upwards tick comes a week after premiering to 991,000 viewers.

The Block was most-watched entertainment program for the evening ahead of Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent and Ten’s Australian Survivor which brought in 823,000 and 693,000 metro viewers respectively.

The Block is building momentum in its 15th season

The Block also took top slot in the key advertising demographic of age 25-54.  Survivor was the most-watched by the 16-39s.

Overall Nine was also the top channel for both 16-39 and 25-54.

The overall audience share battle was a tight one, with Nine pulling in a 22.6% channel audience share ahead of Seven’s 21.3%. Ten was on 11.9% and ABC on 10.5%..

In network share, which also includes the secondary channels, Nine Network led with a 31.3% share over Seven Network’s 29.4%, Ten’s 17.8% and ABC’s 14.3%. 9Go was the most-watched multi-channel, with a 3.6% share.

Seven held the most-watched program of the night with Seven News, which brought in 1.23m metro viewers compared to Nine News’ 1.01m and ABC News’ 638,000.

Seven’s other big draw was the AFL which brought in a total of 569,000 metro viewers across two matches. On Seven in Melbourne and 7mate in Sydney and Brisbane, the Richmond Tigers triumphed over the Carlton Blues, while in Adelaide and Perth on Seven the West Coast Eagles beat the Adelaide Crows.

Nine’s sport offering for the evening was the NRL match which saw South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated by Melbourne Storm which aired in Sydney and Brisbane to 279,000 metro viewers. The game also aired on subscription TV channel Fox League to 339,000 viewers, making it the most-watched program on Foxtel.



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