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TV ratings: Victory for Seven as The Voice smashes Nine’s The Block


The Voice SMASHES The Block: Channel Seven scores a ratings coup as it defeats Nine’s flagship reno show with a whopping 1.8 million viewers

Channel Seven reigned supreme in the ratings on Sunday night as The Voice maintained its position as Australia’s most-watched reality show.

About 1.23 million people tuned in to watch the singing competition across the five major cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

This figure grew to a whopping 1.81 million nationally, when regional viewers were included.

Victory! Seven reigned supreme in the ratings on Sunday night as The Voice maintained its position as Australia’s most-watched reality show. Pictured: The Voice coach Rita Ora 

The Voice was the most-watched entertainment program of the night, and was also the most-watched show in its time slot.

Nine’s The Block came a distant second in the time slot with 758,000 metro viewers. 

These are worrying figures for Nine because The Block’s Sunday night room reveals are historically the show’s most-viewed episodes.

In need of a renovation? Nine's The Block came a distant second in the time slot with 758,000 metro viewers compared to The Voice's 1.23 million. Pictured: The Block's Mitch and Mark

In need of a renovation? Nine’s The Block came a distant second in the time slot with 758,000 metro viewers compared to The Voice’s 1.23 million. Pictured: The Block’s Mitch and Mark

Channel 10’s Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn also failed to make a dent, dropping to third place at 7:30pm with 664,000 metro viewers. 

The Voice is hosted by Sonia Kruger this year, and its coaching panel comprises Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban. 

On Sunday night, the coaches were stunned by the vocal prowess of Nick Kyrgios’ sister Halimah. 

There's another Kyrgios in town! On Sunday night, the coaches were stunned by the vocal prowess of Nick Kyrgios' sister Halimah (pictured)

There’s another Kyrgios in town! On Sunday night, the coaches were stunned by the vocal prowess of Nick Kyrgios’ sister Halimah (pictured)  

Emotional: Mick 'The Mower Man' Harrington's powerful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow earned him a standing ovation from all four coaches. Pictured with his family

Emotional: Mick ‘The Mower Man’ Harrington’s powerful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow earned him a standing ovation from all four coaches. Pictured with his family

Meanwhile, Mick ‘The Mower Man’ Harrington’s powerful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow earned him a standing ovation from all four coaches. 

Seven acquired the rights to The Voice Australia after Nine failed to renew its contract last year after nine seasons. 

The show, which premiered on August 8, had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share.

Good start: The show had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Tokyo Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share. Pictured: coach Guy Sebastian

Good start: The show had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Tokyo Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share. Pictured: coach Guy Sebastian

The Voice had also been aggressively promoted throughout the Olympics. 

The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Kruger saying it’s ‘all killer, no filler’.

Seven slashed production costs to $20million, with half of that reportedly being spent on the superstar coaches’ salaries.  

A-list panel: The Voice is hosted by Sonia Kruger this year, and its coaching panel comprises (left to right) Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian

A-list panel: The Voice is hosted by Sonia Kruger this year, and its coaching panel comprises (left to right) Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian 

Lean: The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Sonia Kruger (pictured) saying it's 'all killer, no filler'

Lean: The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Sonia Kruger (pictured) saying it’s ‘all killer, no filler’

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