NRL and Foxtel score highest audience ever for a regular season round with Magic Round

NRL’s Magic Round this past weekend has recorded the highest audience ever for a regular season round across the Foxtel Group.

On Monday, Foxtel confirmed that an average audience of 545,000 watched the eight games that took place at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium across Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders game at 6pm on Friday, the Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters game at 5.30pm on Saturday and the Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels at 4pm on Sunday also recorded their highest audiences ever across the Foxtel Group for their respective timeslots.

On the back of these figures, Foxtel claims that the 2024 NRL season is on track to be the biggest ever.

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“Congratulations to the NRL and all the clubs on an amazing result,” Fox Sports managing director, Steve Crawley, said.

“Fox Sports and Kayo broke four individual records with viewership numbers over the weekend, beginning with the first match 6.00pm Friday, Raiders v Bulldogs with an average audience of 592,000. This was backed-up by Saturday’s 5.30pm game, Sharks v Roosters, which achieved a spectacular average audience figure of 664,000, and then again on Sunday afternoon where the Storm v Eels game recorded a huge 589,000.

“First Las Vegas, now Magic Round, it is already a season to remember.”

The news comes after the NRL managed to pull a larger average audience for its opening round against the AFL, while an average national audience of 796,000, with 1.68 million Aussies tuning in to the Nine Network’s coverage of the inaugural opening round in Las Vegas in March.


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