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Once again the continuing high level of interest in COVID-19 news saw viewing of the evening news and current affairs programs jump by 1.27 million from a week ago, when interest in the story was starting to accelerate.

Nine News' average audience hit a five-year high -- 1.60 million across the hour. But for yet another night, Seven’s audience was much higher -- 1.90 million for the hour. Big rises were enjoyed by Ten’s 5pm and SBS’ 6.30pm news -- up a combined 138,000. The 7pm part of The Project saw a jump of 123,000 alone.

The ABC cracked the million viewer level in the metros for the first time in a long while, ACA enjoyed a sharp improvement from a week earlier.