SPORTS RATINGS WRAP | AFL and NRL continue to shine amid crowded sporting fixture

The highest rating fixture on the weekend was the Geelong v Adelaide clash on Friday night
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It was another big weekend in sport with Ash Barty getting to the number 1 spot in women’s tennis, and Australia continuing their journey in the cricket world cup, while we wait for the Netball World Cup to begin.

Closer to home, Super Rugby starts to wind up its year as the Brumbies are bundled out, while the AFL and NRL seasons continue to perform strongly.

The highest rating fixture on the weekend was the Geelong v Adelaide clash on Friday night in the AFL at 1.077 million. It was also the highest rating clash on a free to air network at 827,000.

The highest rating fixture on Foxtel was Saturday evenings NRL clash between Newcastle and Brisbane with 289,000 viewers.

AFL

The AFL was watched by 4.436 million people, taking its total for the premiership season passed 62 million and its total viewership for the year past 68 million. The league average broadcast receives 494,000 viewers per match in 2019.

The highest rating game of the round was Friday nights Geelong v Adelaide game from GMBHA Stadium which was watched by 1.077 million, including 827,000 on the Seven Network and 250,000 on Fox Footy. The match was the highest rating on Free to air television with 615,000 watching in the 5 capitals, and another 212,000 in the regions. It was also the highest rating game of the round on Foxtel.

The average AFL fixture on a Thursday night pulls in 991,000 viewers, with the Round 1 opener between Richmond and Carlton reeling in 1.231 million viewers.

AFL games on a Friday night is rating 1.008 million, with round 1s Collingwood v Geelong game topping the list at 1.256 million across Both Fox Footy and the Seven Network.

Saturday afternoon games average 218,000, with none of these shown in Melbourne, and mostly isolated broadcasts shown in 1 or 2 cities around the country. Saturday Twilight games average 266,000 viewers, with similar broadcast policies in effect.

Saturday night games average 515,000 viewers across both Fox and Seven. The highest rating of these was Port Adelaide v Geelong in round 14 with 903,000 viewers across Fox and Seven. About half of these games are shown on Seven in Melbourne.

The much reviled Sunday 3.20 slot averages 446,000 viewers across both Fox and Seven, with just over half of these games shown on 7. The highest rating match in this slot has been the Hawks v Bulldogs in Round 2.

Saturdays SANFL had an audience of 32,000, while Sundays VFL reached 34,000.

NRL

The NRL was watched by 3.539 million viewers across the weekend, taking its total past 54 million for the premiership season, with total viewership for rugby league passing 62 million (including preseason,  all stars, WCC, Origin 1&2, Women’s Origin, and Pacific rep fixtures). The NRL average audience per match is currently 507,000.

Friday nights Sydney v Melbourne game was the highest rating game of the round with 907,000 tuning in to Foxleague and Nine/GEM. Including 635,000 on the Nine network and 275,000 on Fox. The match was the most watched game on FTA with 386,000 metro viewers and 249,000 in the regions.

Saturday evenings clash between Newcastle and Brisbane was the highest draw of the weekend on Foxtel with 289,000 viewers nationally.

Thursday nights continue to rate strongly for the NRL with an average viewership of 880,000 across Foxleague and Nine. The highest rating Thursday night fixture so far has been Melbourne v Brisbane in R1 with 1.183 million viewers.

Friday night has been steady with an average viewership of 885,000 across Fox League and Nine. The highest rating Friday night fixture so far has been 1,000,000 for Brisbane v North Queensland in Round 2.

Sunday afternoon has rated pretty well too with an average of viewership of 751,000 across Foxleague and Nine. The highest rating of these has been Parra v St George and Melbourne v Canterbury with 810,000 viewers.

The Canterbury Cup rated 38,000 while the Intrust Cup rated 23,000 – both up markedly on Nine with no Netball on to push the games to GEM.

World Cup Cricket

Saturdays Australia v New Zealand clash rated 169,000 on Fox Cricket. It also rated 347k nationally on 9GEM.

Sundays England v India game rated 217,000 and 186,000 in the 5 capital cities on GEM. It also rated 154,000 and 43,000 on Fox.

Super Rugby

Saturdays final between the Brumbies and Jaguares in Argentina rated 33,000 on Foxsports. Fridays Crusaders v Hurricanes rated 68,000.

The Shute Shield came in at 18,000 on 7Two.

Motorsport

Saturdays Qualifying session of the Austrian Grand Prix rated 86,000 on Foxtel, while the main event rated 107,000.

The Moto GP of the Netherlands rated 56,000 on Foxtel.