Sunday Night


Note that the above claim comparing ratings of Sunday Night to 60 Minutes includes programs that Nine had coded as “60 Minutes Late”.


Which I think is more than fair enough!


Looking at the numbers, I think that 60 Minutes has won the 5-city OzTAM even including “late” coding. Reading the Seven release carefully it does not make that claim.


From Sunday Night twitter



And Seven have been using that mertic (national - metro + regional) recently for the infamous “Sunrise vs. Today” debacle.

Though there’s no doubt SN did better in metro this year, including a few “specials” rating massive, didn’t Diana special do 1.3m?

Though why didn’t Nine’s publicists get onto it straight away? Too late now.


Sunday 3 December at 7.00pm

It was Australia’s most horrific family massacre. In one unthinkable night in 2009, in a middle class suburban house on Sydney’s leafy north shore, five members of Brenda Lin’s family were bludgeoned to death in their bedrooms. Brenda’s mum, Lily. Her father, Min. Her little brothers, Henry and Terry, and her aunt, Irene. Brenda was just 15, the sole survivor. And her ordeal was far from over. Brenda had no idea that the man she turned to for help and a safe roof to live under had murdered her entire family. Nearly two years after the brutal and calculated murders, Brenda’s uncle, Robert Xie was arrested. But justice would take years. His first and second trials were aborted, the third ended in a hung jury and he was released on bail. In January this year, the jury in the fourth trial finally convicted Robert Xie of the five murders. He will never be released from jail. This terrible tragedy is also a story about love and hope. How a young girl who lost her entire family has managed to emerge a strong, kind and grateful woman – determined to make her beloved parents proud. Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle is with Brenda as she embarks on a pilgrimage to China, to retrace her family’s past. And we hear from those closest to Brenda – the ‘family’ who rescued her.

Vocal outbursts, uncontrollable swearing, twitching, head shaking, involuntary and repetitive movements and sounds, even momentary paralysis. This is all part of a normal day for young Aussies Adam, James and Cameron. They call themselves The Three Amigos. Best mates living with the bizarre, misunderstood and frustrating neurological disorder, Tourette’s. Their constant tics and uncontrollable outbursts made their lives hell. They would dread catching public transport, going to school, visiting a café, shopping centre or cinema. That is, until they met each other. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler introduced Australia to the most inspiring mates, breaking down barriers and helping others to face the world they feared.

Whatever happened to Goldie Hawn, Hollywood’s classic ditzy blonde with the dimples and the infectious giggle? She just seemed to disappear from our screens. It turns out Goldie decided her family was more important than fame, so they packed up and moved to Canada. That was 14 years ago. But this year she returned to the big screen with a vengeance and an unlikely co-star - the brash and brazen comedienne Amy Schumer in the movie ‘Snatched’. And as Mike Amor discovered, Goldie’s still the golden girl we first fell in love with.

This Summer Edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7.00pm on Seven.


Update on SN vs 60min

Nine’s end-of-year ratings release didn’t correct or make any claim, regarding 60 Minutes winning or Sunday Night being incorrect.

Their release also focussed on national (metro + regional) for nearly all their claims.

I think it’s wrong, OzTam (metro) is what is reported as an industry standard and is how shares (“winners”) are based on.

Example: When Nine include regional, a sport program jumps 3 places in the rankings, etc.

No doubt Cynic will tell us more at some stage.


Sunday 10 December at 7.00pm


Forty years ago, Australia was gripped by ABBA mania. The young Swedes were mobbed everywhere they went. Young and old lined the streets and packed their concerts. We embraced them wholeheartedly as honorary Aussies. Which was fitting, because without Australia, they might not have become one of the greatest music groups on earth. Reporter Rahni Sadler, who has been following them for years, celebrates that tour Down Under as ABBA reunites for a special anniversary event.


For a while there Paul Hogan wasn’t just an Australian, he was Australia to the rest of the world. First as Crocodile Dundee, then throwing a shrimp on the Barbie in those hugely successful tourism ads. But to us, he’s always been just Hoges – a bit of a rascal, but always good for a laugh. At 78, he’s more thoughtful and candid about his life and loves… but still as cheeky as ever.



Sunday 17 December at 7.00pm


Even after 20 years, Diana, Princess of Wales’ flame still burns brightly. She set out to become the Queen of our hearts, and succeeded brilliantly – in life, and in death.
In this Sunday Night Royal Event the central people in Diana’s life agreed to step back into the spotlight.

Her best friend, Rosa Monckton. Her bodyguard, Ken Wharfe. Her trusted butler, Paul Burrell. The Fleet Street journalist Richard Kay. And her lover, James Hewitt.

Everybody loved the People’s Princess. She was a luminary on the world stage, so sophisticated and seemingly confident. Yet Diana was also an incredibly vulnerable woman, scandal and sordid headlines never far away.

And for such a public personality, so much still remains private. That is, until you’re allowed into her inner circle, and talk to her closest confidants. Then you finally see the real Diana. They revealed to Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle Diana’s most intimate secrets. The conspiracies, a chilling letter never before seen, and the answer to the question everyone wants to ask.



Sunday 31 December at 7:00pm

No doubt about it, cats really do make us laugh out loud. But if you thought those cute and hilarious YouTube videos were just a passing fad, you’d be wrong. Cats rule the internet and some felines – and their lucky owners – are making an absolute fortune from their fame. It’s now a multi-million industry and this week on Sunday Night, you’ll meet the families behind some of the world’s biggest feline stars and learn the secrets to their success.

They’re the ordinary Australians with an extraordinary skill. The one percent with a real human superpower – they never forget a face. They’re called ‘super recognisers’; all they need is one glimpse of a person and they will remember that face forever. It’s the perfect tool for catching criminals, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Now the hunt is on to find Australia’s top super recognisers. Maybe it’s you? We’ll show you how to put your own skills to the test.

He was the ultimate muscleman – with charisma to match. Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired a generation of body builders before he conquered Hollywood. Now he’s got a whole new legion of followers – women who have discovered the joys of pumping iron. And there’s none more dedicated than mother-of-four, Sophie Guidolin. As Denham Hitchcock reports, Sophie never dreamed that one day she’d be out there, on centre stage, strutting her stuff alongside the tanned, taut and terrific.

For nearly three minutes, Luke Aikins had no idea whether he would live or die. One of the world’s best skydivers, Luke was attempting to create history by jumping out of a plane without a parachute, without a wing suit, with nothing at all. His target was a net far, far below. Crazy? Impossible? Well not for this thrill-seeking dad who lived to tell the tale of how he did it and why.

This Summer Edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7.00pm on Seven.



Sunday 7 January at 7:00pm

Elvis Presley died just over 40 years ago but the legend well and truly lives on. His spectacular life and tragic death has been the subject of countless books and movies. But there’s only one person who really knows him - his ex-wife Priscilla. She met him when she was 14 and remained his closest friend through to the bitter end. Mike Amor interviews Priscilla at a time in her life where she’s ready to tell some of the untold stories of the man behind that legend.

Overwhelming terror, cold sweats, a racing pulse and dry mouth. To the outsider, a phobia may seem totally irrational. But to those who must endure them every day, they are all too real and utterly debilitating. Millions of Australians suffer from at least one phobia. It could be a fear of spiders, dentists or even something as seemingly harmless as a bird. But now there’s a high-tech treatment, inspired by – of all things – video games. Even Sunday Night’s Matt Doran was willing to try it in a bid to overcome his worst fear.

He’s a perfectionist. Loud, demanding and a tyrant in the kitchen. At least that’s the Marco Pierre White we see on television. As Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle discovers, away from the cameras, he’s a very different person. And before Marco was the fearsome TV chef, he was the fiery King of the British culinary scene. The Mick Jagger of food, the world’s first rock-star chef and even a sex symbol.

They’re two-years in the making but the results are nothing short of spectacular. Human towers that reach dizzying heights when teams of more than 100 men, women and children climb on top of each other to create a living skyscraper. It’s a celebration of strength, courage and most of all, balance. And the highlight - when the smallest child in the team clambers to the summit. Late last year, Sunday Night’s Denham Hitchcock put his body on the line to take part in this death-defying feat.

This Summer Edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7.00pm on Seven.


Note - runs for 90 minutes



Sunday 7 January at 7:00pm

Dr Angela Jay is truly remarkable. The beautiful young doctor has been through absolute hell. It’s hard to believe fourteen months ago she came face-to-face with evil. It began quite innocently. Just like thousands of other women, Angela went online, on Tinder, looking for a soul mate. For a while there she thought she’d found him. Paul Lambert was handsome, charming, and seemingly normal. Or so Angela first thought. But she was wrong. After the relationship ended, he began stalking her, even renting a room across from where she worked. Then one night broke into her home and hid in waiting as part of a twisted murder plot. Angela endured a vicious attack, repeatedly stabbed and doused in petrol. Paul fled, sparking a massive manhunt that came to a dramatic end on a country highway. Angela still has her bad days, but it’s been an astonishing recovery. Somehow she’s emerged stronger and more motivated than ever. And surprisingly, there’s no room in her new life for bitterness, not even about online dating sites like Tinder. She says she was just unlucky. Now Angela’s taken on another challenge, a gruelling 65 kilometre trek through the MacDonnell Ranges for White Ribbon. By her side was father, Steve, brother, Zach, and 12 other men and women whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle tells the full story of Angela’s haunting ordeal and to help save other women.

What happened to the great Aussie dream of owning your own home? The quarter acre block, somewhere with room to walk around and space for the hills hoist. More of us are abandoning the big cities and moving into apartments, with more people than ever paying rent instead of a mortgage. There’s one Aussie who believes the great Australian dream of home ownership is still alive and well. 32-year-old Nathan Birch is perhaps Australia’s most surprising real estate mogul. He likes fast cars, helicopters and best of all buying houses. Lots of houses. He grew up in a blue collar suburb and quit school in Year twelve. With nothing more than a burning desire to retire young, he’s amassed a portfolio of hundreds of properties. And now he’s sharing his secrets with Sunday Night.

This Summer Edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7.00pm on Seven.


Sunday Night will return on 4 March at 8:45 for 2018.


This week on the first Sunday Night for 2018 William Tyrrell’s mother speaks for the first time about her missing boy to Melissa Doyle.


What exactly is a breaking investigation?



SUNDAY NIGHT returns this Sunday 4 March at 8.45pm

It remains one of the most baffling cases in Australian criminal history.

And as it unfolded, William Tyrrell’s mother, Karlie, watched in silent horror.

For the first-time, Karlie Tyrrell speaks about the disappearance of her son, who vanished from his foster grandmother’s home in September, 2014.

One minute he was playing in the yard in his favourite Spiderman suit. And the next, he was gone without a trace, taken from the quiet cul-de-sac at Kendall, near Port Macquarie in NSW.

At first everybody hoped William had just wandered off, but it soon became apparent he had been abducted by a person or persons’ unknown.

Since his disappearance, there have been countless news reports about the case but they haven’t ever told the whole story about his life until now.

Sunday Night returns for its milestone 10th season with this special report as Karlie speaks to Melissa Doyle and answers the malicious rumours that she was somehow responsible for William’s abduction.

A million-dollar reward is still on offer for information that leads police to William, who will be seven in June.




Sunday 11 March at 8.30pm


Bree Robinson had every reason to live.

The vivacious 21-year-old had landed her dream job as a cheerleader with the Gold Coast Titans. She was over the moon, according to her family.

Yet, late one evening, Bree plunged to her death from her 11th floor balcony.

Bree’s boyfriend, Dan Shearin, was the only person in the apartment with her when it happened.

Police eventually ruled the death a suicide. But, from the start, Bree’s family was suspicious. So much just didn’t add up.

Why, as Bree lay dying and volunteers tried desperately to save her, did her boyfriend stand on the sidelines and calmly call his lawyer?

Was there a loud argument in their apartment just before she plummeted 11 floors from their balcony?

And, in the month before she died, why did he send her so many obscene and violent texts?

These are just some of the questions in this baffling case.

In this major Sunday Night investigation, senior reporter Denham Hitchcock confronts the only person who knows the answers – Bree’s boyfriend, Dan.

We hear from the key witnesses, who reveal for the first time their chilling accounts of what happened that night and the clues that were overlooked by police.

And we hear from Bree’s grieving family – her heartbroken mother, Elaine, and brother, Matt.