Thrilling Roosters win in controversial 2019 NRL Grand Final delivers soft ratings for Nine

A Rooster victory fails to deliver massive audience for Nine
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A hard-fought contest and a controversial refereeing decision has attracted a lower than expected audience for the 2019 NRL Grand Final.

An averaged national audience of 2.641 Million watched last night's 14-8 win by the Sydney Rooster's over the Canberra Raiders.

The audience for the game included a 5-City Metro audience of 1.866 Million including;

  • Sydney 832k

  • Melbourne 320k

  • Brisbane 534k

  • Adelaide 87k

  • Perth 93k

Audience for the game peaked nationally at 3.250 million, including 2.217 million metro viewers.

These audience figures would be somewhat of a disappointment for Nine with the Sunday night contest rating considerably lower than last year, and hitting a new record low for the broadcast.

The 2018 Grand Final win by the Roosters over the Melbourne Storm was watched by an average national audience of 3.033 Million (2.122 Million metro). The 2018 figure included an audience of 895k in Sydney, 551k in Melbourne, and 488k in Brisbane.

By comparison, last weekends highly one-sided AFL Grand Final in a Saturday afternoon timeslot attracted national averaged audience of 2.939 Million (2.171 million 5-City Metro). That figure was also a record low for an AFL Grand Final.

The highest rating NRL State of Origin match this year was Game One which attracted an averaged national audience of 3.2 Million (2.178 million metro).

The strongest audience for an NRL Grand Final in the past ten years was the 2014 Grand Final between South Sydney and Penrith. That match averaged a national audience 3.991 Million (2.597 Million metro).

NRL Grand Final Ratings in this Decade