The Block auction was always going to dominate viewing last night, it was just a question of how big it would grow.
In the end it was very big drawing 2.1m viewers for the moment Karlie & Will were announced as winners and an average of 1.71m viewers for the bulk of the show.
The biggest audience was in Melbourne were 797,000 watched the Winner Announced followed by 533,000 in Sydney.
It proved to be bigger than 1.81m / 1.58m who watched last year’s finale for “The Blocktagon” in South Yarra. It also eclipses MasterChef (1.88m / 1.71m) and claims the title of top non-sports show of the year.
The show’s nearest rival, Sunday Night, was less than half the audience with 770,000.
It was a bumper night for Nine with a controversial 60 Minutes episode drawing its biggest audience of the year at 1.33m viewers.
A later X Factor had to settle for just 559,000 while TEN was unable to hit 500,000 last night.
Nine network easily won with 39.6% then Seven 26.0%, ABC 14.7%, TEN 14.1% and SBS 5.6%.
Elsewhere last night Nine News was 1.01m and Murder in Melbourne was 563,000.
Seven News (1.01m) led for Seven then Sunday Night (770,000) and The X Factor 559,000.
ABC News (790,000), Grand Designs (660,000), Poldark (466,000) and Jamaica Inn(237,000) comprised ABC’s night.
Movie: Taken 3 (432,000) was best for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 405,000, Modern Familywas 341,000 / 299,000 while an All Star Family Feud repeat failed at 293,000.
On SBS it was The Mystery of the Roman Skulls (225,000), SBS World News (193,000), Nazi Megastructures (127,000) and The Hollow Crown (88,000).
7mate’s movie Thor: The Dark World topped multichannels with 234,000.