GWS win pulls 1.026m metro viewers and secures Seven a much-needed weekly victory

The AFL preliminary finals have propelled Seven to win week 30 of this year’s TV ratings survey, with 30.5% network share and 20.3% channel share for Channel Seven, narrowly ahead of Nine’s 28% and 19.9% respectively.

While Nine dominated the first half of the week, Seven won Thursday to Saturday, finishing with a 37.3% network share on Saturday thanks to another well-watched AFL prelim. 1.026m capital-city viewers watched the Greater Western Sydney Giants cling to their lead against the Collingwood Magpies in Saturday’s AFL preliminary final to progress to their first-ever grand final.

GWS defeated the Pies 56-52

Combined with regional numbers, the GWS win pulled 1.398m viewers nationally, 576,000 of which were from Melbourne.

Seven’s week 30 result disrupts Nine’s streak of seven consecutive weekly wins, but isn’t enough to edge ahead of its rival in the year to date results, sitting at 29.5% for the year, barely behind Nine’s 29.7%.

Ten had an 18.5% network share and 13.2% channel share for week 30. Nine’s Gem was the most-watched multi-channel of the week with 4.2% share, ahead of 7Mate’s 4%.

Saturday’s AFL match, airing from 4:30pm, topped the 18-49 and 25-54 metro demos, while the rugby league and rugby union offerings were well behind the GWS vs Collingwood showdown. 582,000 metro viewers watched Nine’s 7pm showing of the NRL second semi final between the Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eels, while 208,000 tuned in to the Wallabies vs Fiji Rugby World Cup game, broadcast on Ten at 2pm.

Airing off the back of the AFL, movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Seven pulled 338,000, while Ten missed out on a spot in the top 10 shows.

Seven News was the most-watched program of Saturday on 1.136m, Nine News had 609,000 metro viewers and ABC News 475,000.

The Giants vs Magpies game gave Seven a 37.3% network share. Nine followed on 30.2%, while the ABC beat Ten, 13.3% to 10.7%. 7Mate topped the multi-channels on Saturday on 5.6%.

The following graphic was compiled by Nine, based on OzTAM data. It excludes ABC and SBS viewing, meaning percentage numbers will not match the numbers referred to above.


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