REALITY renovation show The Block was also a reality check for the other commercial networks after it filled the top three rating spots nationally and in Newcastle on Sunday night.
Its finale was divided into three programs, which enabled Nine (and NBN in Newcastle) to have the top trio of shows for the evening.
The show was taken out by East Maitland’s Brad Cranfield and Lara Welham, who won more than $600,000.
The couple are going to put their winnings towards relocating a weatherboard house, bought at Merewether, to the Maitland area. They are looking for land and will renovate and live in the property.
‘‘It’s a big old timber Federation-type joint and we are going to move it onto some land, 50 acres or something like that,’’ Cranfield said.
‘‘We are storing it on a commercial block as we couldn’t afford to buy a block, but that all changed on the weekend.’’
The winner’s announcement for The Block was the highest rating show on Sunday, pulling an average of 161,100 Newcastle viewers and 2.715million across Australia.
Cranfield and Welham also won a car and it’s believed their windfall is the biggest reality show win ever in Australia.
The auctioning segment of the four renovated terrace houses in South Melbourne was the second most watched show on Sunday, followed by the grand final, giving the Nine network a huge ratings cornerstone.
Cranfield and Welham may pop up in next year’s All-Stars version of The Block, which will have couples from earlier years.