Australia vs Samoa RLWC quarter-final hands Seven Friday night win

The Rugby League World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Samoa averaged more than 600,000 viewers on broadcast television last night, and contributed 788,000 streaming minutes on Plus7.

On the east coast, the biggest audience to watch Australia beat Samoa by more than 40 points and progress to the semi finals was Sydney – with 290,000 viewers.

The post match coverage on Seven attracted 381,000 across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane while the pre-match coverage – which ran in Sydney and Brisbane – managed 291,000.

According to Seven, across main channel, 7Two and 7Mate, the match reached 2.2m Australians.

7Mate – which aired the match in Perth and Adelaide, had a share of 4.3% and 4.0% respectively.

Nationally, the match captured the eyes of 968,000.

But the most watched program last night was Seven News – with 852,000 metro viewers, beating Nine News’ 733,000.

ABC News collected a metro audience of 602,000.

Beyond sport and news, the most watched program was ABC’s Endeavour, with a metro audience of 553,000 in the later time slot. ABC’s DCI Banks was the most watched program other than the Rugby League in the earlier time slot, with 534,000 metro viewers.

On Ten, The Living Room managed 430,000 in the earlier time slot while The Graham Norton Show pulled in 418,000 metro viewers later in the evening.

Nine’s movie offering – Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix – collected a metro audience of 398,000.

On 9GEM, the Women’s Twenty/20 match between Australia and England captured 129,000 metro viewers.

The Rugby League World Cup contributed to an overall share of 22.9% for Seven last night – a win for the channel.

Nine placed second with a 16.3% share ahead of ABC’s 12.8% and Ten’s 11.7%. SBS had a share of 3.5%.


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