NRL Grand Final wins Sunday TV ratings but fails to beat Saturday’s AFL final

Nine’s NRL Grand Final offering featuring Cooper Cronk’s broken scapula wasn’t enough to beat Saturday’s AFL Grand Final in the TV ratings, with 2.122m metro viewers tuning in compared to the AFL’s 2.601m, according to OzTam figures.

The difference can be partly attributed to Melbourne’s AFL mania, with 1.247m Melburnians tuning into watch the the West Coast Eagles defeat Collingwood compared to just 551,000 for the Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters showdown.

Nationally, the NRL final attracted 3.034m viewers, which was down on last year, when Melbourne Storm’s victory against the North Queensland Cowboys drew 2.325m metro viewers and 3.400m nationwide.

However the match still resulted in a massive Sunday audience share for Nine, with 40.2% of the audience on its main channel and nearly half (47.6%) across its entire network. In contrast, Seven achieved a 15.8% main channel share.

Nine News, which aired just before the game, pulled in 983,000 metro viewers. Seven’s news show pulled in 944,000 metro viewers while its The Story of the Royals attracted 425,000.

ABC’s 10.4% main channel share was primarily down to its news offering, with 614,000 metro viewers, and Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure, which attracted 481,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s only entrant into the top 20 shows for the night was its news show, which pulled in 280,000 metro viewers. Ten’s main channel share was 5.3%, hovering just above SBS’ 4.1%.


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