Ratings season is set to commence early February, and some of Australia’s most loved TV shows are returning to our screens just in time. As well as your favorites, there are also some fantastic new programs we are sure you are going to love.
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.