Reno-heads beat Rev-heads

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 13 October 2014

You know when the ABC gets three of the top five shows on a Saturday that networks are keeping their powder dry for Sunday, and that proved to be the case as a shootout between Nine and Seven on Sunday ended with Nine taking the chequered flag.

Saturday night proved to be the lull before the storm with Seven News winning the ratings with 1.04 million metro viewers, according to the preminary OzTAM metro ratings, with the ABC scoring three of the top five shows for the night.

But this was the calm before the storm on Sunday, when Seven's Bathurst coverage was overshadowed by The Block finale, which benefitted from its peak time timeslot.

Just over 1.79 million people tuned into the grand final of The Block, with the show picking up an extra 500,000-odd people for the auction and another 440,000 for the winner anouncement, which managed to attract 2.76 million viewers.

Meanwhile Seven's coverage from Mount Panorama picked up 1.2 million during the race, just under 1.6 million for the podium and 1.78 million for the wrap-up.

Meanwhile the premiere of Gotham on Nine got 1.24 million viewers, with the second episode pulling in 896,000.

Ratings for Sunday night

The Block propelled Nine into a 5.1% margin over Seven on Sunday night, pulling in a 36.7% against Seven's 31.6%. Meanwhile Ten did manage to edge past the ABC with a 13.9% share against the ABC's 12.2%.

However, the ABC had won over Ten on Saturday night, pulling in 21.6% against Ten's 16.9%. Meanwhile Seven won the night with a 29.4% share, ahead of Nine with a 27.3% audience.

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. 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. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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