The Block has always been a ratings bonanza for Channel Nine.
But Sunday’s episode was particularly successful for the network, pulling the biggest audience so far this season.
According to Mumbrella, 1.293 million viewers metro viewers tuned in to watch Sara Vale throw a tantrum after the judges criticised her $75,000 bathroom.
Tantrum: Sara Vale’s on-screen meltdown that shifted those numbers on Sunday night, after she threatened to walk off the show for good, when her renovation came last for a third week in a row
The renovation show also drew a national audience of 1.821 million viewers, blitzing the competition in the key demographics.
Since The Block premiered three weeks ago to a metro audience of 1.163 million, the show has steadily grown its audience.
Meanwhile, Channel Seven’s Little Big Shots drew 864,000 viewers in the five capital cities on Sunday, and Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures on Network Ten brought in a metro audience of 513,000.
Mistakes: And even after forking out $11,000 on a luxurious brass bath, salt was rubbed into the wound when Sara was offered a mentoring session with judge Shaynna Blaze in order to stop making costly mistakes
It seems Sara’s meltdown over the judges’ reaction to her and husband Hayden’s $75,000 bathroom proved irresistible to viewers.
On Sunday’s episode, the mother-of-one threatened to quit the show when her renovation finished in last place for the third week in a row.
‘I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to do this if we’re going to constantly come last and be embarrassed on national TV!’ she snapped.
‘Why would I want to be here? Why would I want to do this? We’re being made to look like absolute fools. That bathroom did not deserve to be last.’
Breaking down in tears, she shouted from the gutter: ‘It’s embarrassing! It’s embarrassing! It’s f**king embarrassing!’
The Block continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine
Explosive exit: She then stood up from the gutter and cried out repeatedly: ‘It’s embarrassing! It’s embarrassing! It’s f***ing embarrassing!’