The Girl Who Waited has debuted in Australia to respectable ratings. TV Tonight reports that, up against the football finals on the commercial stations, the episode averaged 513,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the top rating drama and the seventh highest rating programme for the day overall (after the major news bulletins, the football finals and the Australia-Ireland Rugby World Cup match). The corresponding Confidential Cutdown rated 324,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures, however, do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.