Australian Open men’s final watched by 1.589m

The final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament was watched by 1.589m metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings.

The number is down on last year’s 1.730m and 2017, when 2.772m tuned in to watch Roger Federer take on Rafael Nadal

Despite the 8% decline from last year’s numbers, the final now becomes the most-watched program of the year thus far.

The presentation of the women’s trophies occupied that position for 24 hours, after the match between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova had 1.171m and the presentation had 1.265m.

The presentation of the trophy to last night’s victor Novak Djokovic had 1.386m in the metro markets.

Outside of the tennis, the most-watched program was Seven News at 6pm, which had 800,000, ahead of Nine News’ 750,000.

In entertainment, the elimination segment of Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – which saw former politician Sam Dastyari booted from the jungle – had 681,000. Last week’s elimination episode when Ajay Rochester was ousted had 793,000.

Last night’s main episode had 647,000 metro viewers.

Its lead in, The Sunday Project, had 239,000 metro viewers, which climbed to 375,000 in its second half hour. This time last year when Lisa Wilkinson debuted on the show, 481,000 tuned in to see the episode kick off, and 583,000 watched the second half hour. Wilkinson’s debut episode was also up against the Australian Open men’s final.

Over on Seven, the Big Bash match between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat had 301,000 for session one, and 275,000 for session two. The post-game coverage, according to OzTAM, had 436,000.

Overall, Nine won the night with a 35.0% primary channel share and 43.3% across the network.

Ten placed second with 13.0%, ahead of Seven’s 12.6%.

On a network level, however, Seven – which has more multi-channels than Ten – came second with a 19.6% audience share. Ten’s network share was 18.1%.

The ABC had 8.2% for its primary channel and 12.7% for the network. SBS had 4.3% and 6.2%.


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