TV Ratings July 20, 2021: Survivor continues to perform well in key demos


• Seven #1 after big nights from Farmer and Home and Away

• Farmer’s penultimate episode pushes it to top non-news show
• Caviar ratings for The Cheap Seats

Primetime News
Seven News 1,256,000/1,156,000
Nine News 1,204,000/1,098,000
ABC News 768,000
10 News First 444,000 (5:00pm)/ 297,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 189,000 (6:30pm) 132,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 778,000
7.30 648,000
The Project 380,000 (6:30pm)/575,000 (7pm)
The Drum 198,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 269,000
Today 246,000
News Breakfast 225,000

Late News
The Latest 190,000
Nine News Late Edition 131,000
ABC Late News 95,000
SBS World News Late 54,000


Beauty and the Geek had 607,000 viewers as the show got rough and tumble with the teams competing in a professional wrestling match with professionals from PWA. The winning teams were Ashleigh and Mitchell, plus Josie and George, with both teams earning a one-on-one date.

The bottom two teams were Kiran and Bryanna, and Alexander and Eliza.

Their elimination challenge involved the pairs being tied at the waist by a slinky and threading a disk from one side to the other. Then the disk had to be thrown into a small gap.

Alexander’s throw secured his and Eliza’s spot in the competition.

The episode’s ratings were up on last week’s 577,000.

The Weakest Link then followed with 278,000 which was up on last week’s 253,000 which was the lowest ratings for the show since it launched on Nine.


Seven had the top primary (21.6%) and network (32.2%) share last night thanks to big nights from Home and Away and Farmer Wants a Wife. Seven also had the top multichannel in 7mate (4.1%).

Home and Away had 738,000 as the soap builds to its mid-season finale tomorrow night before the show takes a break during the Olympics.

Farmer Wants a Wife’s penultimate episode was the #1 non-news show in the country last night with a metro audience average of 767,000 viewers which was up on last week’s 632,000.

On Farmer, at the group’s black-tie dinner the Farmers were served up a menu of questions written by the ladies with no topic off-limits. 27-year-old community relations worker Jess confessed she wasn’t sure if she could see a future with Andrew; while Sam told 24-year-old oncology nurse Mackenzie and 24-year-old student nurse Allanah that he didn’t see them as anything more than friends.


The Project had 380,000 (6:30pm) and 575,000 (7:00pm) as the show covered the continued Covid-19 lockdowns, vaccinating children from Covid-19 and spoke to Urzila Carlson.

Australian Survivor had 730,000 viewers and was #1 in the 16-39 and 18-49 demos as the Brawn tribe continued to fracture after a second immunity challenge loss, with the tensions culminating at a tense tribal council.

With the tribes split into two halves vying for the majority, Danni had the swing vote, he ultimately sided with the faction led by Shannon over the boys but it was made redundant when Kez played her immunity to secure her safety and ensure Gavin went home instead.

This was the end of Survivor’s first week of TV ratings:
Monday: 752,000
Tuesday: 768,000
Wednesday: 730,000

10’s news satire show The Cheap Seats made its debut following Survivor with 460,000 tuning in for Working Dog’s new creation hosted by Have You Been Paying Attention? regulars Melanie Bracewell and Tim McDonald. The show was #1 in its timeslot in total people, 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and under 50s.


Ms Represented with Annabel Crabb had 585,000 viewers for the series’ second episode, which was up slightly on last week’s 583,000.


Who Do You Think You Are? had 290,000 viewers with the episode focusing on Chris Bath.

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