Huge audience for GWS’ defeat of Swans gives Seven Saturday night and weekly win

Seven secured the ratings victory for the night and the week with the Sydney derby AFL final achieving big numbers for the channel.


SBS also achieved a good result with its EPL match beating Ten’s coverage of the Wallabies defeat of South Africa.

Seven and Nine both aired two matches on Saturday for the AFL and NRL finals respectively, but it was the GWS Giants’ historic win over city rivals the Sydney Swans garnered 724,000 viewers from 3pm, benefitting from airing on the main channel in Sydney as well as Melbourne and Adelaide and Perth.

Adelaide Crows’ defeat of North Melbourne from 7.30pm aired on the main channel in just Melbourne and Adelaide but managed 633,000 viewers.

Nine featured two NRL finals matches on Saturday, with the Cronulla Sharks beating the Canberra Raiders in a match aired from 5pm, which managed 441,000 viewers in Brisbane and Sydney, and a national audience of 830,000 including viewers on multichannels in other states.

The Melbourne Storm’s defeat of last year’s winners North Queensland Cowboys from 8pm fared better drawing an audience of 519,000 in Brisbane and Sydney, and a national average audience of 988,000.


SBS’ airing of the big EPL match of the weekend between Manchester United and Manchester City from 9pm drew 267,000 viewers according to OzTam overnight metro ratings.

That was a better result than Ten, which saw just 228,000 tune in for the Rugby Championship Wallabies clash – the team’s first win in seven tests – which started at 8pm and struggled against the showcase finals games.

The Paralympics also failed to trouble the top 100 programs, but Seven’s numbers suggest the In Rio Tonight show on 7Two from 8.30pm managed a national average of 161,000 viewers.

Seven won the week with 21.9% audience share ahead of Nine’s 19.6%, a win powered by the strength of the AFL against the NRL, while Ten tied with ABC on 11.6% share.


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