Sunday night had so many ratings stories it’s hard to know where to begin…
So let’s start at the top which was another season high for The Block.
The show pulled out 1.82m viewers, including 708,000 in its home city of Melbourne. The numbers clearly indicate its traditional timeslot is where viewers like to see the all-important room reveal. It was well ahead of Sunday Night (1.28m) and Merlin (872,000).
MasterChef Australia won its slot with a big serve of 1.74m viewers over 60 Minutes (1.26m), Grand Designs (1.04m), Great Migrations (846,000) and Cannibals of the Stone Age (176,000).
But there were big lessons at 8:30pm.
Midsomer Murders ranked first with 1.15m, followed by Bones (1.07m), The Renovators (858,000), Panic at Rock Island (596,000) and Dateline (139,000).
TEN’s new reality series lost a whopping 882,000 viewers -which won’t bode well for the rest of this week given the amount of episodes the show has. Will scheduling back to back reality shows for two full weeks ask too much of its audience?
Nine’s telemovie bombed, losing 664,000 viewers.
But there was good news for SBS as Cadel Evans’ victory ride broke records again. Tour de France averaged 704,000 viewers (for its late night broadcast) exceeded Saturday night’s 690,000. It also pushed SBS’s share into double figures for the night.
The Big Bang Theory (312,000) and Formula One (261,000) did well on multichannels.
After all was said and done, Nine won the night.