Thrilling Tigers victory over Port Adelaide dominates Friday Footy Ratings

This year’s AFL finals series continues to thrill fans with Seven’s coverage of Richmond’s nail-biting win over Port Adelaide continuing to break records.

The Friday night AFL Preliminary final contest attracted an average national free-to-air audience of 1.386 million.

On an electric night at Adelaide Oval when Richmond qualified for its third Grand Final in four years, Seven recorded its biggest AFL audience of 2020 to date, with the network’s average metro audience of 1.09 million up one per cent on last year’s Friday night Preliminary Final blockbuster between Victorian heavyweights Richmond and Geelong.

  • Sydney – 54k
  • Melbourne – 619k
  • Brisbane – 83k
  • Adelaide – 218k
  • Perth – 113k

Seven’s AFL audience continues to grow ahead of the 2020 season’s crescendo at next Saturday’s Grand Final, with last night’s metro viewer numbers up 35 per cent on last week’s Richmond-St Kilda Semi Final, while Melbourne’s average audience was up 12 per cent week on week.

Unsurprisingly, last night’s match was a smash hit with Adelaide viewers with Seven’s average audience up by a whopping 45 per cent year on year.

The AFL continues to drive audience growth in Sydney and Brisbane, with their viewer numbers last night up by 56 per cent and 12 per cent respectively year on year.

An additional national average audience of 337k watched the game on Fox Footy. (Not including streaming).

The combined free-to-air + pay-tv national audience for the game was 1.723 Million.


It was also a big night in the NRL with The Melbourne Storm confirming their place in the 2020 Grand Final with a commanding 30-10 victory over the Canberra Raiders.

Coverage of the 1ST Preliminary Final on Nine attracted a national free-to-air audience of 891k. This figure includes a 5-City metro audience of 550k.

  • Sydney – 263k
  • Melbourne – 87k
  • Brisbane – 181k
  • Adelaide – 8k
  • Perth – 11k

An additional national average audience of 330k watched the game on Fox League. (Not including streaming).

The combined free-to-air + pay-tv national audience for the game was 1.221 Million.

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. | Call/Text 0428 275 111

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