TV ratings June 29: Big Brother final takes Seven to the top

Big Brother

• Ash Barty at Wimbledon lifts Gem share making it #1 multi

• Tragedy at Simpson’s Gap: MasterChef judges send Depinder home
• Festival of Rachel Griffith ends with her portrait and her pick

Primetime News
Seven News 1,243,000/1,149,000
Nine News 1,187,000/1,076,000
ABC News 757,000
10 News First 435,000 (5:00pm)/ 289,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 181,000 (6:30pm) 135,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 813,000
7.30 603,000
The Project 355,000 (6:30pm)/519,000 (7pm)
The Drum 210,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 293,000
Today 230,000
News Breakfast 212,000

Late News
Nine News Late Edition 93,000
ABC Late News 56,000


Seven News again was over 1.2m at 6pm, driving the channel to another primary and network win.

Home and Away had 650,000 watching at 7pm following a start to the week on 642,000.

The final of Big Brother 2021 saw $250,000 going to Marley as the winner of what is being labelled the ultimate reality TV format. The audience was on 726,000 for the reveal and 672,000 for the rest of the episode. That compares to 876,000 and 769,000 who tuned into the final in 2020.

The 2017 movie Wonder Woman followed with the Tuesday night at the movies event capturing a crowd of 338,000.


Lockdown updates were the lead item on A Current Affair with a report how 13m Australians were now under stay-at-home orders. After an impressive 831,000 on Monday, Tuesday delivered another 800,000+ crowd.

The first of the semi finals on Australian Ninja Warrior with 572,000 watching after 617,000 on Monday.

Contestants lined up on episode six of The Weakest Link as Magda Szubanski hosted the show offering the winner $250,000. The audience was 288,000.

There was more Magda next with two episodes of Kath & Kim following with 124,000 which pushed the Nine News Late Edition back to 11.30pm.

The audience watching Wimbledon with Ash Barty playing on Gem late was 141,000 pushing Gem to the #1 Tuesday multichannel.


On The Project Lisa, Pete and Waleed were joined by the ABC’s Georgie Tunny. Stories on the episode included further examination of Covid lockdowns and then men living with eating disorders. After the show touched 500,000 on Monday, the Tuesday 7pm audience was again over half a million.

On MasterChef, an elimination cook at stunning Simpson’s Gap in the Northern Territory called on the contestants to create a dish contained bush foods. The least impressive dish belonged to Depinder who had a long drive home. It also made you realise how close to the end this series must be if someone of her quality it out of the action. The Tuesday audience was 610,000 after 562,000 on Tuesday last week.

Back-to-back repeat episodes of NCIS followed with audiences of 252,000 and 180,000.


7.30 was again hosted by Laura Tingle with lockdown coverage leading the bulletin followed by questions about the PM offering AstraZeneca to all adult Australians after medical advice it should only be made available to people over 60. The episode was down 100,000 from Monday to 603,000.

Anh’s Brush with Fame featured TV vet Dr Harry Cooper with 501,000 watching.

Episode three of Finding the Archibald was titled ‘Finding new faces’. The Archibald 100 exhibition has opened and the Rachel Griffith-hosted series ended with her portrait reveal and choice of her favourite Archibald winner of the past 100 years. The final ep audience was 415,000.

Even the ABC has a Diana doco this week as they celebrate what would have been her 60th birthday with an audience of 261,000.


Jeff Fatt from The Wiggles was the subject of Who Do You Think You Are? The show was the channel’s most-watched last week with 349,000. It could grab that honour again this week with 308,000 last night.

Later in the night Stage 4 of the Tour de France had 135,000 watching.

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