• The Front Bar beats out the NRL with Howcroft and Kickett
• SBS unveils new Aussie drama the Unusual Suspects
Nine News 985,000/931,000
Seven News 982,000/947,000
ABC News 663,000
10 News First 392,000 (5:00pm)/ 272,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 192,000 (6:30pm) 156,000 (7:00pm)
Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 745,000
The Project 302,000 (6:3 pm)/448,000 (7pm)
The Drum 188,000
News Breakfast 179,000
The Latest 373,000
Nine News Late Edition 115,000
ABC Late News 68,000
Nine was the top primary channel with 19.0% driven by A Current Affair and the NRL.
A Current Affair had 745,000 viewers and featured the host of The Block, Scott Cam, who was defending the popular program after a social media rant was posted by the woman who won an auction on the show last year, with a fake bid.
The NRL then followed with 334,000 viewers, as the St George Illawarra Dragons easily handled the Brisbane Broncos to the tune of 52-24. The match was the #1 non-news broadcast in both Sydney and Brisbane.
This was the first of only four games this weekend as the NRL does a half-round ahead of the State of Origin.
Seven was the top network last night with a share of 28.0% thanks in part to also having the top multichannel in 7mate which had 3.9%.
Home and Away was the top non-news program on Seven in prime time last night with an average of 529,000 tuning in for the first two episodes followed by 484,000 for the later ep.
The Front Bar had 389,000 viewers and outrated Nine’s NRL coverage. The broadcast was also the top non-news program in Melbourne with 262,000 viewers.
The episode featured 3AW’s Russel Howcroft wearing a Melbourne T-shirt he has been trying to market to the football team that has only lost one game this year, as the Demons play another match of the year in Sydney tonight for hardcore fans.
Also appearing was the great Derek Kickett with Andy, Mick and Sam celebrating his great game-winning torpedos.
The Project had 302,000 (6:30pm) and 448,000 (7:00pm) viewers as the show covered how infectious the Covid strain Victoria is, Australia’s approach to climate change and Miranda Tapsell got some cross-promotion for SBS when she talked about Australia’s Biggest Singalong.
MasterChef was the top non-news program last night with 599,000 viewers and was also #1 in the 16-39 and 18-49 key demos.
The episode marked the end of Second Chance week as Maja won the final pressure test that featured a three-course meal that eliminated one contestant after each course. She joins Minoli as the two chefs who cooked their way back into the competition.
Foreign Correspondent had its season return last night which included a new time slot for the show now being paired with Q+A on Thursday nights.
In an exclusive story, Sarah Ferguson reported on the fallout of a brutal US immigration policy that tore families apart and tracked the journey of one mother seeking to reunite with her children after four years alone.
The new timeslot saw the show bring in 360,000 viewers which was down on the 434,000 that the show last had when airing on a Tuesday back in March.
Q+A followed with 233,000 as the show was live from Wollongong with Stan Grant guest hosting the episode as it covered the issues of the week including the latest Covid-19 crisis unfolding in Victoria, and if the ALP can invent itself following the resignation of Jodi McKay.
SBS premired its new original drama last night, The Unusual Suspects, which is a story about friendship, scheming, and very expensive jewellery. The episode had 150,000 tune in.
The episode was followed by The Handmaids Tale with 136,000 viewers.