1.079m metro viewers tune in to Friday night’s AFL prelim to give Seven 45.2% network share

1.079m metro viewers watched the Richmond Tigers defeat the Geelong Cats in Friday night’s preliminary AFL final, 660,000 of which were from Melbourne.

The come-from-behind, 19-point win at the MCG was the most-viewed program of the night, with total viewership jumping to 1.49m when regional numbers were added. With the win, Richmond secured its place in the Grand Final, to be played this Saturday.

The Tigers came from behind to defeat the Cats 85-66

In addition, 600,000 tuned in to the pre-match and 483,000 into post match viewing, driving Channel Seven to a 31.5% channel share. The match also topped the key 18-49 and 25-54 advertising demographics.

The result easily eclipsed rugby league’s viewing numbers, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles semi final pulling 572,000 metro viewers and 864,000 nationally. South Sydney knocked Manly out of the competition 34-26.

The various news offerings performed predictably well, with Seven News securing 884,000 metro viewers and the second half, airing as Today Tonight in some states, pulling 852,000. Nine News (770,000), Nine News at 6:30 (740,000) and ABC News (563,000) also earned spots in the top 10 programs of the night.

That top 10 also featured Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens (527,000) and The Chase Australia (483,000).

7Mate was the most-watched multi-channel on 7.3% thanks to a screening of 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption at 8:30pm that had 206,000 metro viewers.

Nine finished with 24.8% network share, followed by Ten on 11.9% and ABC on 11.7%.


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