TV Ratings July 8: How many tuned in to see Ash Barty make history?

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• AFL tops NRL and Wimbledon in big sporting night

• Late night viewing: Over 500k watched Ash Barty make history
• Home and Away #1 entertainment show

Primetime News
Seven News 1,089,000/1,025,000
Nine News 1,025,000/991,000
ABC News 690,000
10 News First 365,000 (5:00pm)/ 245,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 169,000 (6:30pm) 136,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 721,000
7.30 585,000
The Project 302,000 (6:30pm)/435,000 (7pm)
The Drum 173,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 248,000
Today 217,000
News Breakfast 196,000

Late News
Nine Late News 460,000
The Latest 177,000
ABC Late News 82,000


The NRL had 376,000 viewers as the Canberra Raiders defeated the Origin depleted Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30-16. The game was the top non-news program in Sydney with 248,000 viewers.

Wimbledon has begun to take the centre court with 508,000 tuning in to watch Ash Barty become the first Australian woman in 41 years to make the final stage of the Grand Slam. 


Seven was the top primary channel with 22.9% and network with 32.9% thanks in large part to Home and Away and the AFL.

Home and Away’s triple-header had an average of 569,000 for the first two episodes with the late episode bringing in 469,000. The soap was the top non-news program last night.

The AFL had 524,000 viewers as the Melbourne Demons easily handled the Port Adelaide Power 86-55. The match was the top non-news program in Melbourne with 295,000 viewers as well as Adelaide with 116,000.

7TWO was the top multichannel thanks to British mysteries Father Brown, Inspector Morse, and Murdoch Mysteries


The Project had 302,000 (6:30pm) and 435,000 (7:00pm) as the show continued to cover the evolving Covid outbreak in Sydney and spoke to Andrew Denton.

No MasterChef last night with only three episodes left in the pantry, so instead 10 aired 10 News First Presents Diana’s Decades hosted by Sandra Sully. The royal special brought in 246,000.


Foreign Correspondent continues to dip below 400,000 in its new Thursday night time slot with Q+A also once again dropping below 300,000.

Foreign Correspondent aired the second part of its examination of the battle between the USA and China, while Q+A was once again guest hosted by David Speers and was filmed live from Melbourne.


The Tour De France had 109,000 tune in for the live coverage of stage 12 as the race edges closer to the end.

The top non-news program on SBS last night was a repeat of Great Asian Railway Journeys with 143,000 viewers.

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