1.866m metro viewers tune into Nine for NRL grand final

The NRL grand final has dipped below 2m metro viewers, with 1.866m tuning in to see the Sydney Roosters defeat the Canberra Raiders.

The viewing average is a fall from 2018’s 2.122m, and 2017’s 2.325m.

With the addition of regional viewers, this year’s match had 2.641m viewers.

The match was most popular in Sydney where it had 832,000 viewers.

Overall, the match peaked at 2.217m in the cities and 1.033m in the regions.

It was the most-popular program across the key advertising demographics of those aged 16 to 39, and 25 to 54.

The presentation had 1.084m in the cities, and 1.523m in total, while the pre-game entertainment had 939,000 in the cities and 1.336m in total.

The women’s NRL final earlier in the day had 321,000 metro viewers, and 192,000 in the regions, taking it to 513,000.

And The Sunday Footy Show, which preceded all the matches, had 130,000 in the cities, and 205,000 in total.

All of this helped Nine to a definitive victory, with a 38.8% primary channel share, and 46.4% for the network.

This was well ahead of Seven’s 15.2% primary channel share and 23.3% network share. Ten dragged behind on just 5.7% – the same as its share on Saturday – and 10.4%.

The shares were even more definitive in the key advertising demographics. Nine’s primary channel had a 54.4% share in the 16 to 39s and a 62.7% share when its multi-channels were added to the mix.

In the 25 to 54s, the primary channel won with 44.7%, while the network had 53.0%.

Over on Seven at prime-time, The Real Dirty Dancing shed some more viewers. It premiered to 580,00 metro viewers last Monday, and dropped off to 532,000 for episode two on Tuesday.

The Real Dirty Dancing concluded tonight on Seven

Last night, it had 499,000 in the cities, and 733,000 nationally. It appeared to take a hit from the NRL in Sydney, with just 78,000 tuning in in the NSW capital, compared to 182,000 in Melbourne.

Ten’s prime-time offering of The Graham Norton Show fared even worse, with just 267,000 metro viewers tuning in, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight metro ratings, and 321,000 in total.

Later in the night, Seven’s current affairs program Sunday Night – which won’t return next year after being axed – had a metro audience of 472,000. It was most popular in Melbourne, with 189,000 tuning in.

Sunday Night’s competitor 60 Minutes didn’t screen this week on Nine due to the NRL.

The ABC’s most-watched program for the night was ABC News, with 508,000 metro viewers and 785,000 in total.

ABC’s primary channel share for the night was 7.7%, and SBS had 5.0%. The networks had 11.3% and 8.6% respectively.


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