NRL tops Sunday TV, fails to knock AFL off the top spot

Melbourne Storm’s Sunday evening victory against the North Queensland Cowboys was a win for Nine, with the NRL grand final match clocking in 2.325m metro viewers and 3.400m nationwide.

Despite the strong audience figures, the match wasn’t enough to knock Saturday’s AFL match presentations off the top spot for the most-watched sports program of 2017 after it scored 2.801m metro viewers and 3.694m nationwide.

In Sydney, the NRL audience was more than double the AFL’s, with 813,000 tuning in to watch, compared to just 399,000 for Saturday’s AFL match.

Meanwhile the NRL drew 644,000 in Melbourne, 671,000 in Brisbane, 86,000 in Adelaide and 112,000 in Perth.

The match’s presentations and pre-game entertainment were the second and third most-watched shows of the day, with US rapper Macklemore’s much-debated performance providing 1.371m metro viewers.

Outside of the NRL, Nine news had the highest metro audience, with 1.018m tuning in. Nationwide, Seven news was the next most-watched program with 1.302m.

Little Big Shots won the largest audience in entertainment outside of the big game, with 757,000 metro viewers tuning in.


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