SPORTS RATINGS WRAP | Epic night of CRICKET and TENNIS Finals keeps viewers captivated

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It was built up as the biggest night of sport on TV this year with a World Cricket Final, Wimbledon Final, Netball World Cup match and Formula One from Silverstone, and the contests certainly did not disappoint.

The highest rating football game of the weekend was Friday nights AFL with a combined national audience of 1.14 million viewers tuning in to see West Coast and Collingwood. It was also the highest rating fixture on Free to air television with 874,000 viewers across the Seven Network nationally.

On Foxtel, the highest rating event was Saturdays Melbourne v Cronulla matchup.

AFL

Round 17 of the 2019 AFL Season was watched by 3.6 million people across the country, taking the season total to 69.17 million with an average broadcast viewing of 480,361. Total Australian football audiences this season have reached more than 75 million viewers.

The highest rating game for the round on both Foxtel and Seven was Friday nights West Coast v Collingwood clash from Optus Stadium which was watched by 1.14 million people including 874,000 on the Seven network and 269,000 on Foxfooty.

Essendon v North Melbourne made the Oztam VPM ratings with 17,000 streaming viewers.

Saturdays SANFL fixture was watched by 42,000, while the WAFL had 33,000 people tune in. Sundays VFL attracted 38,000 people to Seven.

NRL

Round 17 of the 2019 NRL Season was watched by 3.02 million people across the country, taking the season total to 60.19 million with an average broadcast audience of 470,000. Total professional Rugby League audiences this season have reached more than 71 million viewers.

The highest rating game for the round was Sunday Afternoons Wests Tigers v Parramatta fixture which had 779,000 viewers across the country.

Friday Nights Newcastle v Canterbury game was the highest rating game for the round on Nine with 506,000 viewers.

Cameron Smith’s ground breaking 400th NRL appearance attracted a record audience for FOX LEAGUE, on Foxtel, by becoming the most watched pay-tv game of the 2019 season with 370,000 tuning in to see the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australian champion become the first player to reach the 400-game milestone.

Saturday afternoon’s thrilling 18-18 extra time draw between the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors also drew record audiences, with an average of 328,000 viewers watching the match, including 457,000 watching on TV at 7.25pm during extra time. The match was the second most watched Saturday afternoon game this season.

2 games for the round made the Oztam VPM list with Storm and Sharks getting 23,000 streaming viewers, just ahead of the Broncos and Warriors with 22,000.

On Sunday, the Canterbury Cup rated 35,000, while the Queensland Cup rated 20,000 on Nine.

Cricket World Cup

Sunday night’s final on GEM attracted a national audience of 485k (361k metro) for the first session in prime-time. The second session of the match averaged 90k nationally including 64k metro viewers, however that audience swelled to 199k nationally (154k metro) for the stunning ‘super-over’ conclusion.

The finals first innings attracted another 225,000 on Fox Cricket, while 54,000 were still watching the closing stages at 4am.

 

Netball World Cup

Friday’s opening game for Australia was shown in prime time on GEM and GO! And was against Northern Ireland which rated 163,000 nationally and peaked at 280,000. This game out-rated the AFL in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as the NRL in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Saturday evenings game against Zimbabwe also out-rated the AFL in Brisbane and Sydney, with an average national audience of 149,000.

The late game against Sri Lanka at midnight on Sunday rated a national average audience: 59,000

Soccer

On Saturday, Perth Glory took on Manchester United at Optus Stadium. This attracted 138,000 viewers across the 5 cities on 7two, including 64,000 in Perth.

Tennis

A national audience of 432k (311k metro) tuned in to Seven’s coverage on Sunday night for the Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The historic match continued past 4am with an audience of 276k (191k metro) watching the final sets.

 

Motorsport

Sunday nights F1 race at Silverstone was watched by 95,000 on Foxtel, while Saturdays Qualifying races were watched by 81,000 on Saturday and 33,000 on Sunday.