The Block makes a major ratings comeback thanks to cheating scandal


The Block makes a major ratings comeback thanks to the renovation show’s cheating scandal and no competition from The Voice


The Block topped the TV ratings on Wednesday night for the third time this week.

Nine’s renovation series attracted 834,000 metro viewers and placed first in all key demographics, helping push up the network’s audience share. 

The ratings comeback comes amid The Block’s highly publicised cheating scandal which saw the Gucciones and the Packhams gain an unfair advantage after someone leaked a photo of the show’s production schedule.

Impressive: The Block has made a resounding comeback to the top of the TV ratings with 834,000 metro viewers after the renovation show’s much-publicised cheating scandal. Pictured: Tanya and Vito Guccione who were at the centre of said scandal

The Block was the clear winner as the only reality show in the 7:30pm time slot.

Excluding the news, Nine’s A Current Affair came in second with 739,000 metro viewers while Seven soap Home and Away clocked in at third with 612,000. 

The Block’s impressive numbers come after the series recorded its worst-ever ratings in August when it was consistently beaten by The Voice Australia, which didn’t air on Wednesday.

Drama: The surging comeback comes after the highly-publicised cheating scandal involving Tanya Guccione (pictured) who received a leaked production schedule photo

Drama: The surging comeback comes after the highly-publicised cheating scandal involving Tanya Guccione (pictured) who received a leaked production schedule photo

Wednesday’s ratings saw The Block take out the three main demographics: 16-39 (189,000), 18-49 (345,000) and 25-54 (410,000).

The results pushed Nine to first place in network audience share (30.2 per cent) and primary rankings (22.6 per cent). 

Seven came in second with a 27 per cent network audience share, while 10 slotted in third with 18.3 per cent. 

Back at the top: The results pushed Nine to first place in network audience share (30.2%) and primary rankings (22.6%). Pictured: The Block host Scott Cam

Back at the top: The results pushed Nine to first place in network audience share (30.2%) and primary rankings (22.6%). Pictured: The Block host Scott Cam

The Block’s viewing numbers, which reached a high of 911,000 metro viewers last week, were largely aided by the cheating scandal.

The scandal began when when an unknown individual allegedly broke into host Scott Cam’s office and took a photo of the whiteboard which showed the filming schedule – including challenges, private tours and furniture consults.  

It gave contestants a leg-up in the competition because they could plan their specifications weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room.

Cheating scandal: The scandal began when when an unknown individual allegedly broke into host Scott Cam's office and took a photo of the whiteboard which showed the filming schedule. Pictured: Luke and Josh Packham who were recipients of the leaked picture

Cheating scandal: The scandal began when when an unknown individual allegedly broke into host Scott Cam’s office and took a photo of the whiteboard which showed the filming schedule. Pictured: Luke and Josh Packham who were recipients of the leaked picture

Eventually it was revealed that twins Josh and Luke Packham had shown the photo to Ronnie and Georgia Caceres, creating suspicion they were behind the photo leak.

But Tanya Guccione soon confessed to producers that she was actually the first person to see the photo when it was sent to her by an ‘unknown tradie’.

After suspicion initially pointed to the Packhams, Tanya finally confessed to producers she was the initial recipient of the photo.

The Gucciones and the Packhams were each docked two points for the latest room reveal on Sunday, and were ruled out of winning the challenge as a result. 

Punishment: The Gucciones (pictured) and the Packhams were each docked two points for the latest room reveal on Sunday and were both ruled out of winning the challenge as a result

Punishment: The Gucciones (pictured) and the Packhams were each docked two points for the latest room reveal on Sunday and were both ruled out of winning the challenge as a result

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