• Another giant Sunday share should help secure Nine weekly win
• Nine News and 60 Minutes join MAFS as chart toppers
• 10’s DWTS winner popular with viewers, but not the judges
• Seven’s Ben Cousins doco a timeslot winner in Melbourne & Perth
Sunday news bulletins
Nine News Sunday 1,372,000
Seven News Sunday 1,332,000
60 Minutes 1,017,000
ABC News Sunday 1,001,000
Nine News special COVID-19 854,000
The Latest 673,000
The Sunday Project 371,000/466,000
10 News First Sunday 432,000
Weekend Sunrise 403,000
Seven News at 5 398,000
Nine News First at Five 343,000
10 News First Sunday 6pm 307,000
Weekend Today 273,000
ABC News Breakfast 255,000
SBS World News 191,000
Nine: Another ratings-winning Sunday with a share over 26% – a number that Nine has passed on five of the six last Sundays. The 6pm news had its biggest audience in more than two years. Married at First Sight started its final week as the #1 show in all demos. 60 Minutes devoted the program to COVID-10 coverage a saw its audience numbers climb above 1m.
Seven: The 6pm news was over 1.3m for the second consecutive Sunday. A Sunday edition of The Latest followed at 7pm. Basil Zempilas then hosted the Seven special Ben Cousins: Coming Clean which offered a fascinating insight into how the champion football went off the rails and how he is planning for the future. The show did 791,000 and won its slot in Melbourne with 312,000 and Perth with 164,000. Seven has also reported it has had its biggest ever VOD since 7plus launched with 25.3m minutes and a Sunday commercial FTA share of 37.5%.
10: Dancing with the Stars finished its 2020 season on the last Sunday before survey break with 635,000 watching the announcement of the winner and 623,000 watching the main part of the final night. While Celia Pacquola was the audience fave and the ultimate winner, Claudia Karvan was the judges’ pick as she topped the leader board with perfect scores.
Speaking about the season, ViacomCBS Networks Australia & New Zealand chief content officer and EVP, Beverley McGarvey, said: “This season of Dancing with the Stars has been like no other. The brilliant team have been exceptionally inventive in delivering a safe, world-class season with minimal disruption and lots of creative innovation.
“I’d like to extend my thanks to the incredible team at Warner Bros, the BBC and our own team here at 10 for their tireless efforts in bringing this brilliant season to life each and every week. It was not easy, but your determination was phenomenal.”
McGarvey noted the series ended with the biggest audience of the season and lifted 10’s timeslot audience 20% compared to the same nights a year ago.
The 2020 final night was down on the 2019 finale which aired in Week 17 – 693,000 for the winner announced and 666,000 for the main part of the episode.
ABC: Grand Designs New Zealand went to air after the 7pm News with 527,000 watching. The penultimate episode of Stateless then did 409,000. The episode screened of the drama last week added 129,000 viewers in Consolidated 7 data to 557,000. Stateless has been the most popular ABC drama on iview, along with episodes of The Capture.