The launch of the AFLW Inaugural Premiership was on Friday night and it kicked all the goals!!
It was a big weekend for Australian TV with the broadcast of both the AFL and NRL grand finals on Saturday and Sunday.
The Block finale granted Nine sky high ratings as the network took more than 40% of Sunday night’s free-to-air viewers.
Nine’s channels won a daily free-to-air share of 40.7% last night, with all three The Block Sky High episodes watched by more than 2 million viewers.
The winner announced episode pulled in 2.808 million viewers, the auctions were watched by 2.606 and the grand final had an audience of 2.132 million, according to OzTam’s preliminary metro ratings.
The Block’s finale proved a strong base on which to introduce the latest instalment of the Underbelly franchise.
In the 8.30pm slot Underbelly: Squizzy won a debut audience of 1.679 million.
Ten’s new drama Ripper Street sat in 19th place with 579,000 viewers, coming fourth in the timeslot behind Seven’s Bones (771,000) and the ABC’s The Time of Our Lives (752,000).
Ten’s share of viewers was 15.4%, with MasterChef its most watched program with 606,000 viewers.
Seven’s best performing show was Seven News (1.433 million), followed by Sunday night (1.071 million) and two episodes of the Highway Patrol.
Seven’s total share sat at 25.6%.
SBS’ took 4% and the ABC won 11.2%.
Nine held 32% of viewers last night, with Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year Asia taking out the top spot with an audience of 1.455 million. Nine News and The Block Sky High followed closely behind with 1.409m and 1.393m viewers respectively.
Seven was a close second and had 27.3% of viewers with its special Secret Life of Dogs beating Masterchef in the 7:30 timeslot and taking 923,000 viewers. Seven News, Today Tonight, and Home & Away all maintained their usual places in the mid to tail end of the top 10.
Ten’s new live crime-solving show Wanted, hosted by Sandra Sully and Matt Doran, was absent from last night’s 20 highest rating programs, according to OzTam’s preliminary ratings. It took 518,000 viewers but couldn’t compete with the other networks in the popular Monday night viewing.Ten has said it’s confident that the show will be a long-term build, but lost out on last night’s 8:30pm timeslot to Seven’s Criminal Minds (820,000 viewers).
That said, Masterchef saw a rise to 824,000 viewers and the network had an overall audience share of 16.2%.
ABC saw an increase in ratings with the news its highest rating program at 959,000 viewers, and Australian Story just missing the top 10 at 854,000 viewers. 7.30, Media Watch and Four Corners had the last three places in the top 20 giving it an audience share of 18.9%.
SBS had 5.7% of audiences.
Channel Nine dominated the ratings last night with The Block taking out top spot with it’s highest 2013 season audience at $13.65 million (metro). This was followed by Nine’s 60 Minutes and Nine News which also attracted over 1.5 million viewers.
The reality renovation show lured 1,653,000 metro viewers last night with its room reveal episode, according to preliminary overnight ratings from Oztam. This is the highest audience yet for the format, which has rated an average of 1.6 million four times since its debut in mid-May. Its series average so far is 1.3 million metro viewers.
60 Minutes ranked second with 1,557,000 metro viewers, while Nine News gathered an audience of 1,517,000. The network’s family drama House Husbands also garnered an audience of 1,028,000 million.
Seven’s top-rating show was Sunday Night with 1.2 million viewers. Highway Patrol and A Place to Call Home attracted 1.2 million and 1.1 million respectively.
The debut of Network Ten’s MasterChef: Italian Week anchored a solid 800,000 metro viewers – on par with its average audience so far this year. Elementary attracted an audience of 780,000, while a repeat of Modern Family had 598,000 viewers.
Across the main channels, Nine won the night with 25% of audience share, followed by Seven with 22.7%. Ten and SBS scored 12.5% and 3.5% respectively.
Channel Ten aired the second episode in the new series Offspring last night with audience figures slightly down from its season premiere last week (868,000 compared to 798,000). The premiere of Offspring comes after Channel Ten, known as a youth focused network signalled that it was now targeting the “young at heart” 25-54 year olds. This move was based on 16-39 and 18-49 year olds shifting their viewing habits from the primary stations to the secondary stations, such as Eleven.
Offspring fell just outside the top ten at number 12 with The Block Sky High the only non-news related program pulling over 1 million viewers (1.18 million) falling into third place. Channel Nine’s Arrow sat in sixth place last night with 968,000 viewers, followed by Seven’s House Rules with 951,000 viewers.
Overall the Nine Network won the night with a 30.4% share of audience, Channel Seven took 29%, the ABC won 19% and Channel Ten took 17.2%. SBS won 4.3%.
Channel Nine’s The Voice took out top spot last night with a total of 1.64 million viewers watching the second of the live final episodes. Channel Nine took out three of the top spots with Nine News taking 1.41 million and The Block Sky High with 1.39 viewers.
Seven’s House Rules also proved popular last night with over a million viewers (1.07 million), but still fell behind Seven News and A Current Affair. Today Tonight was the only other program to have more than a million viewers last night.
After an extremely successful first season with comparable ratings to The Voice, the second series of Revenge looks to be lagging. Last night’s episode which was 18th in the second series only just scraped into the top ten with 881,000 viewers, falling under Home and Away (966,000 viewers) and ABC News (969,000).