Nine's The Block is back to win, but Ten's triple play takes the podium

By (incomplete) | 28 July 2014

Nine's new series of The Block debuted to more than 1.3 million viewers last night – but Ten won the night overall.

The Block: Glasshouse, which will see teams battle it out to renovate an old office building in Melbourne, was the most-watched free-to-air TV show last night, with an audience of 1.374 million across Australia's five metro areas.

However, it wasn't enough for the Nine Network to claim the biggest free-to-air audience share. Network Ten took that title, thanks to MasterChef Australia (in third spot with 1.261 million viewers) and its coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship, on One, and the Commonwealth Games on both One and Ten.

Ten took 29.8% of the audience share, followed by Seven with 25.8% and Nine with 24.3%, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

The Voice Kids' return to Sunday night after its weekday flop last week failed to hold onto the 1.3 million viewers for The Block: Glasshouse. Airing immediately after the reno show and up against MasterChef Australia on Ten, it won 933,000 viewers, putting it in eighth spot.

Seven's reality offering, The X Factor, finished in fifth spot with an audience of 1.114 million, slightly down on its previous week's audience of 1.274 million.

Completing the top 10 was Nine News, second with 1.289 million viewers, Seven News, fourth with 1.159 million, Grand Designs on ABC1, sixth with 988,000, Nine's 60 Minutes Late show, seventh with 985,000, Seven's Sunday Night, ninth with 885,000, and ABC News, 10th with 879,000.

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