TV Ratings July 18, 2021: Survivor launches #1 in all key demos as George makes a power move


• Beauty and the Geek wins timeslot with the first makeover and elimination

• Farmer Wants Wife edges towards the end as one lady returns

Primetime News
Seven News 1,219,000
Nine News 1,127,000
ABC News 794,000
10 News First 257,000 (5:00pm)/ 360,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 195,000 (6:30pm) 156,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
The Project 318,000 (6:30 pm)/506,000 (7pm)
Insiders 302,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 307,000
Today 281,000
News Breakfast 192,000


Nine was the #1 primary channel last night with a 19.9% share thanks to a combo of the NRL, Beauty and the Geek, and 60 Minutes.

The NRL had 307,000 as the Wests Tigers defeated the Brisbane Broncos in a wild seesawing affair. The match had 182,000 viewers from Sydney and 108,000 from Brisbane.

Beauty and the Geek was the #1 non-news show last night with 776,000 viewers, as the teams were locked in, the makeovers started and the first team was set sent home.

For the challenge, the teams had to invent, design and create a brand new female comic book superhero.

In the end it was Jess and James, as well as Bryanna and Kiran who won the challenge — and one-on-one dates in their pairs.

But in a twist, Kiran and Bryanna weren’t going on a date. The Geek was getting a makeover instead, the first of the season.

The bottom two teams Jackson and Jessica, and Frank and Gabrielle then went head-to-head to avoid being sent home.

The teams needed to work together to race a ball ear-to-ear through a series of obstacles to reach an obstacle table. Once there, they needed to blow five balls into holes to take the win. Jessica and Jackson won, eliminating Frank and Gabrielle.

60 Minutes covered a father and daughter nearly died after a rogue wave capsized their yacht and they were hurled into the ocean, the growing difficulties of couples to use alternative ways to have children, and Britney Spears’ battle for freedom. The episode had 516,000 viewers.


Seven was the top network last night with a share of 27.6%, thanks in part to the strong performance of 7mate (5.2%) which hosted the AFL in certain markets like Sydney.

Seven’s Sunday afternoon AFL coverage had 591,000 viewers with 298,000 of that coming from Melbourne.

Farmer Wants a Wife had 709,000 viewers as Tara made a surprise return to Matt’s farm. While Andrew continued to struggle with 27-year-old community relations worker Jess’ indecision about moving to the farm. 

7NEWS Spotlight: Delta Crisis Exposed had 381,000 as the special covered the latest Covid outbreak gripping Australia.


The Sunday Project had 318,000 (6:30pm) and 506,000 (7:00pm) as the show covered the Melbourne and Sydney lockdown, Katie Hopkins quarantine drama, and spoke to Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaliga.

Australian Survivor then launched its sixth season on channel 10 with Australian Survivor: Brain v Brawn bringing in 752,000 and was #1 in all key demos.

In the episode, the battle for control of the Brains tribe got to a hot start between GP Mitch and political operative George after the tribe flopped in the first two challenges. Mitch had the numbers but George had a special advantage after finding it near the water well which allowed him to remove six tribe members from the vote, he chose Rachel, Baden, Cara, Georgia and Wai, with the latter being Mitch’s choice to go home.

George was hoping to create enough of a power vacuum to send Mitch home but the remaining five played it safe and voted out Phil, due to a perceived weakness in challenges.

The show was #1 for the timeslot of 7:30pm-9:20pm and senior vice president content and programming, 10 ViacomCBS, Daniel Monaghan, said: “The long awaited and highly anticipated return of Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn did not disappoint! We’re thrilled with how it performed on its first night back on our screens – #1 in its timeslot and #1 for the night under 50s.

“It was fantastic to see how viewers have reacted and engaged with having Jonathan LaPaglia back on our screen. Shot against the sheer vastness and natural beauty of Cloncurry, QLD,  this season is unmissable television. And the good news, it’s only just begun, as our two new tribes get working on the age-old question: Brains or Brawn?”

National sales director, 10 ViacomCBS, Lisa Squillace, said: “This season of Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawnis off to a terrific start and is up 21% year-on-year. It was #1 in its timeslot in total people and 10’s key demographics of 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and under 50s.

“This is in addition to the fact we have had an unprecedented take up of sponsorships on the show.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to showcase their brands. We are delighted that we have been able to provide the best foundation for our clients and their brands.

“Keep your eyes peeled because you will get to see over the next few weeks, just how innovatively and seamlessly we have integrated these brands into the narrative of the show.”


Grand Designs was the top non-news program on the ABC with the lifestyle program bringing in 582,000 viewers.


The Tour De France had 100,000 viewers for the final leg of the event as Tadej Pogačar took out his second straight title.

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