Rugby World Cup Final pulls more than 500,000 on Nine and Gem despite early morning kick off

Australians and Kiwis came out in force on Sunday morning to watch their teams go head to head on the other side of the world for the title of world champion.Wallabies twitter

OzTam overnight rankings show 501,000 people braved the 3am AESDT start to watch the match on Gem and Nine. Those numbers do not take into account people watching in pubs, and do not include the Fox Sports broadcast which saw 292,000 people tune in on Fox Sports 2.

It represents a surge in interest for the code, after the semi-final between Australia and Argentina managed just 160,000 viewers on Gem the week previously.

Nine claimed a comfortable victory for the day with a network share of 33.6 per cent for audience, with the primary channel claiming 24.6 per cent.

It was buoyed by The Block which won the night with 1.209m viewers, while 60 Minutes, which featured interviews with Australians in Syria fighting ISIS, managed 948,000 at 8.30pm.

Meanwhile Seven’s current affairs show Sunday Night, which was on at 7pm, drew 972,000 viewers with Beach Cops at 8pm drawing 716,000.

Over on Ten, The Biggest Loser Families drew 576,000 viewers to be the TV Network’s most watched show of the night.

In the news race, Nine news won the night with 1.135m compared with 1.11m for Seven.

While Nine’s main channel won the night, Seven had a 19.2 per cent share, Ten had a 10.7 per cent share and the ABC 9.6 per cent.

Top 15 Shows
1 THE BLOCK -SUN Network Nine 1,209,000
2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 1,135,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network Seven 1,110,000
4 SUNDAY NIGHT Network Seven 972,000
5 60 MINUTES Network Nine 948,000
6 ABC NEWS SUNDAY Network ABC 732,000
7 BEACH COPS Network Seven 716,000
8 TBL FAMILIES SUN Network TEN 576,000
9 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 525,000
10 QUANTICO Network Seven 516,000
11 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL 2015: NZ V AUS -MATCH Network Nine 501,000
13 DOCTOR WHO Network ABC 430,000
14 SCORPION Network TEN 417,000
15 CASTLE Network Seven 401,000

Daily Share
Network 9 24.6%
Network 7 19.2%
Network TEN 10.7%
Network ABC 9.6%
Network GO! 6.3%
Network SBS 5.2%
Network 7TWO 4.7%
Network 7mate 4.7%
Network ONE 3.7%
Network ELEVEN 2.8%
Network Gem 2.7%
Network ABC2 2.1%
Network SBS 2 1.4%
Network ABC News 24 1.2%
Network ABC3 0.8%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total Audience Share
Network 9 TTL 33.6%
Network 7 TTL 28.6%
Network TEN TTL 17.2%
Network ABC TTL 13.7%
Network SBS TTL 6.8%

Data OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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