Nine secures a narrow win on Sunday night as COVID-19 impacts AFL

A positive test for COVID-19 over the weekend by Essendon Bombers player Conor McKenna meant some last minute changes for Seven’s TV lineup as the Sunday match between the Bombers and the Melbourne Demons was canned while the spread of the infection is investigated.

The starting times for the other Sunday matches – Gold Coast Suns vs Adelaide Crows and Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide Power – were changes, with both matches moving two hours later in the day.

These changes impacted Seven’s scheduling, with 243,000 metro viewers and 319,000 nationally tuning into the AFL and 751,000 metro viewers watching Big Brother which was moved an hour earlier in Adelaide to allow for the changes.

1.091m national viewers watched the Big Brother episode and 1.059m watched the eviction portion of the show.

But Nine’s The Voice (872,000 metro viewers) and 60 Minutes (561,000) proved too hard to beat, giving Nine a main channel audience share of 20.5% and 28.5% for Network Nine. Seven delivered 19.0% and 28.3% for its network.

Ten’s Masterchef drew 988,000 metro viewers, giving it the win in the 7.30pm timeslot. The show also topped all three of the key advertising demographics, followed by Big Brother.

Ten held a 16.6% main channel share and 21.7% as a network. The most-watched multi-channel was 7mate with 5.3%.


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