Sunday Ratings | THE VOICE AUSTRALIA triumphant on a massive night


THE BLOCK lands a clear second as the AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR finale is bumped to third.

No question the finale of The Voice Australia (1,338,000 avg (1,292,000 show; 1,383,000 winner)) delivered for Seven. Every episode of this season has been above one million just on overnights, and this was a suitably massive end and much needed win. Homicide: With Ron Iddles (592,000) bounced up due to the ratings halo, even helping Surviving 9/11 (204,000) win its slot. No questioning this was a huge Sunday for the home of the big red train.
Seven first in both primary (27.1%) and network (33.5%) rankings.

The Block (952,000) delivers another room reveal and big numbers for Nine, fighting against two big finales (well, OK one big finale). Slipped on last week, as did 60 Minutes (520,000). The First 48 (146,000) does reasonable business however finishes second in late night.
Nine second in both primary (20.3%) and network (29.3%) rankings.

The Sunday Project (320,000 6:30pm; 446,000 7pm) way down on the usual numbers. 10’s “experiment” to shift the finale of Survivor Australia (854,000 avg (785,000 show; 923,000 winner)) really didn’t pay off. It did to the best numbers all season, however what could it have achieved last Tuesday with next to no competition–and certainly no Voice finale?! Has to go down as one of the worst programming decisions of 2021. New FBI (248,000), and then repeats of FBI: Most Wanted (140,000) and FBI (95,000) finish what ended up being a lacklustre Sunday for the perennially third/fourth ranked network.
10 third in both primary (13.8%) and network (18.8%) rankings.

Everything on the ABC got a short shrift due to all the noise on the commercial channels. David Attenborough’s Global Adventure (391,000) was down,as was The Newsreader (386,000) and Traces (147,000). A repeat of Les Norton (76,000) finishes up Sunday.
ABC fourth in both primary (9%) and network (11.8%) rankings.

SBS’s Sunday rolls with two new programs at the top. Ob-doc
Inside Central Station (243,000) and documentary series Australia Uncovered: Strong Female Lead (131,000) do OK though up against some massive programming. They should both do better in next week’s Total TV figures. Vaccine: The Inside Story (87,000) rounds out the schedule.
SBS fifth in both primary (4.6%) and network (6.7%) rankings.


16-39: Australian Survivor – Winner (313,000) won ahead of Australian Survivor – Finale, The Block, and The Voice Australia – Winner/Finale.

18-49: Australian Survivor – Winner (467,000) beat out The Block, Australian Survivor – Finale, The Voice Australia – Winner, and Nine News Sunday.

25-54: Australian Survivor – Winner (489,000) takes the triple demo win over The Block, The Voice Australia – Winner, Nine News Sunday, and Australian Survivor – Finale.


The Rugby Championship 2021 – South Africa vs Australia (263,000) on 9Gem took the multi-channel win after a nail-biter finish.


Weekend Sunrise (259,000)
Weekend Today (266,000)
Weekend ABC Breakfast (195,000 (98,000 ABC; 97,000 ABC News))

Insiders (500,000 (305,000 ABC; 195,000 ABC News))
Offsiders (191,000)


Drama clearly benefitting from catch up, however The Voice Australia (2,006,000 total viewers; 24% lift), The Block (1,726,000 total viewers; 22% lift), and Australian Survivor (1,057,000 total viewers; 25% lift) all add significant numbers via BVOD (in that order).

Here’s the five shows that lifted the most from their overnight figures:

ProgramNetworkTotal TV% lift
The NewsreaderABC1,007,00054
Australian Survivor101,057,00025
The Voice AustraliaSeven2,006,00024

Primary Channels, Key Demos, Multi-Channels, Brekky Battle: All figures Total People, Five City Metro (5CM); overnights only.

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV: All figures Total People, Consolidated 7 day Five City Metro (5CM) + Regional (Reg) + BVOD (Broadcast Video on Demand); % lift compared to overnight figures.

Top 20 Overnight Metro

Top 20 Multi-Channel Shows

Overnight Network Share

Top 20 Foxtel Shows

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV Program Rankings

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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  1. To me, Bella making her winners speech didn’t seem authentic. It’s a real shame that the contestants all had a turn at recording an episode as if they were the winner. But at the end of the day, Bella was my pick. That said, they all have an amazing talent and any one of them would have been a deserving winner.


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