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NRL grand final helps Nine dominate Sunday viewing – but ratings no match for AFL

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The NRL grand final that saw Melbourne Storm beat Canterbury Bulldogs helped Nine to ratings domination yesterday.

The network’s coverage of the grand final drew 2.401m, although the post-match presentation pulled in more – 2.424m – and won the night.

With 60 Minutes rating with 1.444m, the NRL pre-match entertainment rating 1.297m and Nine News attracting 1.212m, the network boasted Sunday’s top five most-watched shows.

However, Nine’s NRL ratings – which were the biggest five-city metro NRL ratings since 2006 – were no match for the AFL grand final on Saturday. The match between Hawthorn and Sydney Swans rated 3.196m, with 1.406m Melburnians tuning in to watch on Seven.

Seven was the only other network with a show with over 1m viewers last night, with Seven News rating with 1.150m, according to OzTam data.

A repeat of Modern Family was Ten’s most popular show, pulling in 539,000 and ranking 16th for the night.

Ten managed just 8.1% audience share and was comfortably beaten by ABC1’s 14.4%. Nine easily won the night with 34.2% share, ahead of Seven’s 18.3%.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

1 RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL PRESENTATION – Nine – 2,424,000
2 RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL – Nine – 2,401,000
3 60 MINUTES – Nine – 1,444,000
4 RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL ENTERTAINMENT – Nine – 1,297,000
5 NINE NEWS SUNDAY – Nine – 1,212,000
6 SEVEN NEWS – SUN – Seven – 1,150,000
7 HOUSE HUSBANDS – Nine – 1,133,000
8 SUNDAY NIGHT – Seven – 988,000
9 CALL THE MIDWIFE-EV – ABC1 – 983,000
10 BORDER SECURITY – Seven – 971,000
11 AIR WAYS – Seven – 903,000
12 GREAT SOUTHERN LAND-EV – ABC1 – 700,000
13 THE MENTALIST – Nine – 665,000
14 ABC NEWS-SU – ABC1 – 641,000
15 STRIKE BACK-EP.2 – Seven – 541,000

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