The Block: Ratings spike amid cheating and breaking up with The Voice

The Block took advantage of a much-discussed cheating scandal and no competition from The Voice on Tuesday night, drawing an impressive 911,000 subway viewers.

The ratings, the highest so far this season, will no doubt please nine executives after the long-running renovation show got off to a disappointing start last month.

The Block has consistently been behind Seven’s The Voice since both shows launched on August 8, but Tuesday’s numbers show there’s still life in the franchise.

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Back in the game: The Block took advantage of a much-discussed cheating scandal and no competition from The Voice on Tuesday night, drawing an impressive 911,000 subway viewers.  Pictured: The Block contestant Tanya Guccione

Back in the game: The Block took advantage of a much-discussed cheating scandal and no competition from The Voice on Tuesday night, drawing an impressive 911,000 subway viewers. Pictured: The Block contestant Tanya Guccione

The Block gained a lot of viewers thanks to the fact that The Voice wasn’t on, with Seven instead doing a documentary about the band Abba at 7:30pm.

However, the show also delivered a lot of drama thanks to a fake scandal that had been heavily promoted on Nine for weeks.

Elsewhere in the ratings, Home and Away had a metro audience of 662,000, while ABBA Fever drew 526,000 against The Block and Australian Survivor (707,000).

Fighting Spirit: The Block has consistently been behind Seven's The Voice since both shows launched on August 8, but Tuesday's numbers show there's still life in the franchise.  Pictured: The Voice coach Jessica Mauboy (right) and one of her contestants

Fighting Spirit: The Block has consistently been behind Seven's The Voice since both shows launched on August 8, but Tuesday's numbers show there's still life in the franchise.  Pictured: The Voice coach Jessica Mauboy (right) and one of her contestants

Fighting Spirit: The Block has consistently been behind Seven’s The Voice since both shows launched on August 8, but Tuesday’s numbers show there’s still life in the franchise. Pictured: The Voice coach Jessica Mauboy (right) and one of her contestants

In the later epochs, Channel 10’s The Cheap Seats was watched by 348,000 in the five capitals, while The Hundred with Andy Lee climbed to 413,000.

Tuesday’s The Block saw a false scandal unravel after someone took a photo of the show’s production schedule and leaked it to contestants in week one.

After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke Packham, Tanya Guccione eventually confessed to the producers that she was the first person to see the photo.

Controversy: Tuesday's The Block saw a false scandal unravel after someone took a photo of the show's production schedule and leaked it to contestants in week one.  Pictured: Tanya Guccione (left) and Luke Packham (right)

Controversy: Tuesday's The Block saw a false scandal unravel after someone took a photo of the show's production schedule and leaked it to contestants in week one.  Pictured: Tanya Guccione (left) and Luke Packham (right)

Controversy: Tuesday’s The Block saw a false scandal unravel after someone took a photo of the show’s production schedule and leaked it to contestants in week one. Pictured: Tanya Guccione (left) and Luke Packham (right)

The story began when someone broke into host Scott Cam’s office and took a photo of the whiteboard showing the series’ filming schedule — including the dates of each challenge, private tours, and furniture consultations.

Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specs weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room.

Ronnie and Georgia Caceres brought the scandal to light this week, confirming that the Packhams had previously shown them a photo of the scheme in question.

Blame Game: After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke (pictured), Tanya Guccione finally confessed to producers that she was the first person to see the picture

Blame Game: After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke (pictured), Tanya Guccione finally confessed to producers that she was the first person to see the picture

Blame Game: After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke Packham (pictured), Tanya finally confessed to producers that she was the first person to see the picture

The brothers admitted to seeing the photo, but didn’t want to reveal the source until Tuesday’s episode, when Georgia finally confessed to her involvement.

Sitting next to Luke, she admitted to a producer that an “ex-tradie” had sent her the image during the first week of filming.

Tanya first explained that it was sent to her Block phone number, before coming back and correcting herself by saying it was sent to her “personal number.”

Fuming: Ronnie (left) and Georgia Caceres (right) brought the scandal to light this week, confirming that Josh and Luke had previously shown them a photo of the scheme in question

Fuming: Ronnie (left) and Georgia Caceres (right) brought the scandal to light this week, confirming that Josh and Luke had previously shown them a photo of the scheme in question

Fuming: Ronnie (left) and Georgia Caceres (right) brought the scandal to light this week, confirming that Josh and Luke had previously shown them a photo of the scheme in question

She told the producers that she showed the photo to her husband, who wanted nothing to do with it.

Tanya continued, “I sent it to Luke and said, “Hey, do you know about this? A tradie sent it to me. Is it common knowledge?”

“So that’s the truth, Luke got it from me. I’m talking about an ex-tradie of The Block.’

Luke joined in: “Yeah, and then with the information, I obviously hadn’t seen it, and then I passed it on.”

The photo in question: The whiteboard revealed the dates each challenge was scheduled for, what time the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consultations would take place

The photo in question: The whiteboard revealed the dates each challenge was scheduled for, what time the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consultations would take place

The photo in question: The whiteboard revealed the dates each challenge was scheduled for, what time the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consultations would take place

Dishonest: Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specs weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room

Dishonest: Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specs weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room

Dishonest: Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specs weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room

Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared “her truth,” but a hidden camera that captured her conversation with Vito earlier in the day revealed a flaw in the story.

She said, ‘I’m going to tell the camera what happened to the tradie that sent me the photo. It was a song I didn’t know, and I immediately deleted it.’

“The point is… it was my Block number, yes… You should always have the same consistent story,” she said softly to her husband.

The impact of Tanya’s confession will cause an all-powerful clash between the participants at a meeting in tomorrow’s episode.

The Block continues on Channel Nine on Wednesday at 7.30pm

'Consistent story': Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared 'her truth', but a hidden camera that captured her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story

'Consistent story': Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared 'her truth', but a hidden camera that captured her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story

‘Consistent story’: Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared ‘her truth’, but a hidden camera that captured her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story

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