Sunday Ratings | One way traffic for the NRL GRAND FINAL


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Some programmed so it had fair berth; others valiantly tried to program against it.

It was always going to be thus. Nine walked away with a big start to the week thanks to the Sunday night final, and four parts made the whole: NRL Grand Final Day – entertainment (1,020,000), NRL Grand Final Day – match (2,202,000), NRL Grand Final Day – presentation (1,794,000), and NRL Grand Final Day – post match (931,000). It was the highest rating grand final in five years, and drew a massive 363,000 live on BVOD (eclipsing the live BVOD figures of the AFL Grand Final).
Nine first in both primary (40.4%) and network (47.1%) rankings.

Seven delivered a reasonable night’s programming that on any other Sunday would have been competitive. It did OK in the broadest sense: Homicide: With Ron Iddles (492,000), Border Security (335,000), Manhunt: The Night Stalker (385,000), and a repeat of MOVIE: Ladies In Black (178,000)
Seven second in both primary (14.9%) and network (19.8%) rankings.

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The Sunday Project (306,000 6:30pm; 422,000 7pm) was always going to be a casualty, as was the rest of 10’s Sunday. The Masked Singer Australia (380,000) did nothing special but at least it was a filler ep. The crossover episodes and launch of the new FBI franchise will likely do better in Total TV, so that meant
FBI (221,000), FBI: Most Wanted (220,000), and FBI: International (194,000) didn’t do overly well. You’ll need to go to Paramount+ to watch the later two, at least for now.
10 third in both primary (9.2%) and network (13.8%) rankings.

Sunday on the ABC only got the most basic of attention: Restoration Australia (385,000), Fires (295,000), We Hunt Together (114,000), and a repeat of Les Norton (54,000).
ABC fourth in both primary (8.2%) and network (11.5%) rankings.

SBS’s Sunday is continuing to be criminally under-appreciated (not just on Grand Final night): Inside Central Station (163,000), Australia Uncovered: The Truth About Anxiety with Celia Pacquola (161,000), and a repeat of Scotland: 1,000 Years of History (126,000).
SBS fifth in both primary (4.4%) and network (7.7%) rankings.


16-39: NRL Grand Final day – match (590,000) led NRL Grand Final day – presentation/post-match/entertainment, and Nine News Sunday.

18-49: NRL Grand Final day – match (913,000) was followed by NRL Grand Final day – presentation/post-match/entertainment, and Nine News Sunday.

25-54: NRL Grand Final day – match (1,006,000) took the triple demo win, chased by NRL Grand Final day – presentation/entertainment/post-match, and Nine News Sunday.


ABC News – AM (183,000) on ABC NEWS takes out the multi-channel win for Sunday.


Weekend Sunrise (237,000)
Weekend Today (209,000)
Weekend ABC Breakfast (179,000 (94,000 ABC; 85,000 ABC NEWS))

Insiders (468,000 (313,000 ABC; 155,000 ABC NEWS))
Offsiders (308,000 (161,000 ABC; 147,000 ABC NEWS))


The Total TV numbers maintained the positioning from the overnights. The Block (Nine) lifted 20% to 1,752,000; 7News: The Disappearance of William Tyrell (Seven) lifted 13% to 1,222,000; and The Masked Singer Australia show/reveal (10) lifted 15/14% to 941,000/1,183,000 respectively.

The BVOD best were The Block (222,000), Fires (102,000), and Insiders-AM (80,000).

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

ProgramNetworkTotal TV% lift
We Hunt TogetherABC346,00031
Manhunt: The Night Stalker ep 2Seven811,00029
Manhunt: The Night StalkerSeven879,00026
Inside Central StationSBS308,00022

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

Data © 2021 OzTAM

Overnight Network Share

Top 20 Foxtel Shows

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV Program Rankings

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2022. 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.

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Steve Molk
Steve Molk
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405


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