Viewers turned to ABC News on Sunday afternoon to see Daniel Andrews announce Stage 4 restrictions for Melburnians.
Afternoon editions of Back Roads (575,000) and Offsiders (475,000), originally scheduled on ABC News channel, were shelved for the breaking press conference. 465,000 of that Back Roads audience was in Melbourne alone.
Meanwhile the 8pm curfew did little to impact primetime. Australian Ninja Warrior was the top entertainment drawcard at 898,000.
That outranked Farmer Wants a Wife (792,000), Shetland (616,000 from 7:40pm) and Bachelor in Paradise (488,000 from 7:30pm).
Later Vera drew 637,000 then 60 Minutes (662,000) and Between Two Worlds (279,000).
Nine network won Sunday with 30.9% then Seven 26.3%, ABC 19.2%, 10 14.7% and SBS 8.9%.
Nine News pulled 1.11m and a late edition was 337,000.
Seven News was #1 at 1.23m. Liar was just 137,000.
ABC News drew 891,000. Compass (223,000) and The Sound (101,000) followed.
The Sunday Project was 457,000 / 342,000 for 10 then 10 News First (342,000). FBI was 178,000.
On SBS it was SBS World News (243,000), The Day They Dropped The Bomb (241,000) and America’s Great Divide: Obama To Trump (170,000).
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 2 August 2020