Sunday Ratings | NRL GRAND FINAL reigns supreme


As expected it was all one-way traffic, though it was always going to be a tough ask to beat the massive AFL grand final audience from the night before.

The NRL Grand Final game (2.103m 5CM; 2.967m national) was the only thing on television, as the other networks continued the tradition of programming filler content against it. The Pre-Show (1.29m) and Post-Game Wrap (1.145m) helped Nine to an overall primetime primary share of 42.6%; with a network share of 49.3%.

The COVID-affected audience meant this result is reasonably up on 2019 (which saw 1.866m (2.641m national) tune in for the game; last year was the lowest rating NRL final since 2003) though only marginally–this 2020 offering was the second least watched game since OzTAM ratings began.

Seven’s offerings of Billion Dollar Cruises (454,000) and movie A Star Is Born (284,000), along with 10’s airing of The Graham Norton Show (218,000) and back-to-back episodes of FBI (133,000; 140,000) could not–and did not–attempt to compete with testosterone-filled extravaganza. The Project (361,000 [328,000 6:30pm; 394,000 7pm]) continues its lacklustre run on Sunday nights.

Restoration Australia (494,000) and Grantchester (431,000), both on the ABC, offered similar number to previous weeks.

ABC’s regular Sunday morning line up of Insiders (406,000 [253,000 ABC; 153,000 ABC News]) and the special Grand Final edition of Offsiders (158,000) continued their valuable run of agenda-setting and analysis for Aunty.

In the Sunday brekky battle Weekend Sunrise (243,000) saw away Weekend Today (219,000) and ABC’s Weekend Breakfast (171,000 [98,000 ABC; 73,000 ABC News]).

All ratings data listed is Five City Metro, overnights only.

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy} in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Note: Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Programs with the same name on one or more primary or multichannel, are aggregated into one network figure.

Steve Molk
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