Wednesday Ratings | THE BLOCK stays big as MAKING IT AUSTRALIA sinks

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Nine out of the blocks with another solid A Current Affair (722,000) on a Wednesday, as The Block (810,000) finishes its ratings slide for the week, though still locked in number one in the slot. Paramedics (472,000) does reasonable business, and then the audience split for either Kings Cross ER (125,000) or Footy Classified (161,000).
Nine first in both primary (21.8%) and network (29.3%) rankings.

Home and Away (604,000) still ticking over 600k is good business for Seven, and torture porn series SAS Australia (654,000) stays reasonable stable in second place in the slot. The penultimate ep of RFDS (417,000) season one does OK however really picks up in the Total TV rankings…is this new metric the saviour of Aussie drama? The Rookie (185,000) finishes out the night.
Seven second in both primary (21.2%) and network (28.3%) rankings.

The ABC benefit on Wednesday with the 7:30 (601,000)/Hard Quiz (601,000) pairing, delivering a competitive third in the slot. Question Everything (463,000) bounces up to its second best this season though still struggling to find an overnight audience, however it is picking up more viewers in the Total TV figures. The penultimate ep of Rosehaven (467,000) ticks up–this wonderful series will be missed–as Would I Lie To You? (48,000) and a repeat of Staged (119,000) complete Aunty’s schedule for the night.
ABC third in primary (12.9%) and fourth in network (17%) rankings.


The Project (251,000 6:30pm; 460,000 7pm) not having a great week for 10 – under 500k again at 7pm is bad fugu. Making It Australia (474,000) also premieres to less than acceptable numbers, with perhaps the network hoping the audience will warm to it on Thursday when it has clean air and a decent follow on? It’s such a shame as it is a delightful and very fun format; delivered well in this Aussie iteration. Three repeat eps of Bull (181,000; 138,000; 92,000) barely fill the void.
10 fourth in primary (10.9%) and third in network (17.4%) rankings.

Wednesday’s on SBS continue similarly: a repeat of Tony Robinson’s World By Rail (224,000), a repeat of Looking for Life on Mars (133,000), and then a new episode of War of the Worlds (82,000).
SBS fifth in both primary (4.7%) and network (8.1%) rankings.


16-39: The Block (210,000) comes in ahead of SAS Australia, Nine News 6pm/6:30pm, and Seven News 6:30pm.

18-49: The Block (352,000) defeats Nine News 6pm/6:30pm, SAS Australia, and Seven News 6pm.

25-54: The Block (403,000) takes the triple demo win, beating out Nine News 6pm/6:30pm, SAS Australia, and Seven News 6pm.


ABC News Mornings (138,000) on ABC NEWS comes in ahead of the multi-channel pack.


The Today Show (248,000)
Sunrise (237,000)
ABC Breakfast (206,000 (127,000 ABC; 79,000 ABC News))


The 7:30pm battle leaves The Block (Nine) best with a 24% lift (1,421,000), followed by Mirror Mirror (10) lifted 20% (909,000) and (Seven) lifted 12% (770,000).

Here’s the six shows that lifted the most from their overnight figures:

ProgramNetworkTotal TV% lift
RFDS (E02)Seven983,00038
The BlockNine1,421,00024
Mirror Mirror10909,00020


Primary Channels, Key Demos, Multi-Channels, Brekky Battle: All figures Total People, Five City Metro (5CM); overnights only.

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV: All figures Total People, Consolidated 7 day Five City Metro (5CM) + Regional (Reg) + BVOD (Broadcast Video on Demand); % lift compared to overnight figures.

Top 20 Overnight Metro

Top 20 Multi-Channel Shows

Overnight Network Share

Top 20 Foxtel Shows

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV Program Rankings

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy} in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Note: Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Programs with the same name on one or more primary or multichannel, are aggregated into one network figure.

Steve Molk
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405



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