Australia’s Rugby League World Cup triumph over France helps Seven win Friday’s ratings

Australia’s victory over France in the Rugby League World Cup helped Seven to a ratings win on Friday.

The 52-6 win for the Kangaroos at GIO Stadium in Canberra saw 606,000 metro viewers tune in to the match, according to OzTAM’s overnight metro ratings.

The game was the most watched non-news program for the night – despite only airing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – and was the most watched program in both Sydney and Brisbane attracting 278,000 and 208,000 viewers.

Rival network Nine holds the rights to domestic rugby league matches, but Seven is broadcasting all 28 games of the World Cup.

Seven won the night with an audience share of 20.2%, ahead of Nine’s 17.5%, ABC’s 13.1%, Ten’s 12.6% and SBS’ 4.8% share.

Seven News was the most watched program of the evening scoring an audience of 810,000, ahead of Nine News’ 785,000.

ABC News, which airs an hour later, pulled a metro audience of 609,000.



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