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Socceroos deliver big night for SBS and Fox Sports while House Rules overtakes The Block

How SBS is reporting the Socceroos victory

How SBS is reporting the Socceroos’ victory

SBS1 had one of its biggest TV audiences in recent years on Tuesday night with a metro audience of 1.117m tuning in for Australia’s match with Iraq which saw the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup.

The time delayed broadcast brought SBS a 14 per cent share of the free to air audience – putting it ahead of ABC1’s 10.3 per cent share and within touching distance of Ten’s 14.5 per cent.

And Fox Sports’ live coverage of the match on Foxtel brought in a metro and regional audience of 549,000, subscription TV’s highest rating soccer match of all time.

Meanwhile, the loss of the halo effect of The Voice has had an immediate impact on Nine. For the first time since launch, Seven’s renovation House Rules beat The Block by 1.159m to 1.131m. Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice continued to lose ground, with the boardroom showdown rating 596,000, putting it 20th for the night. The challenge part of the show did not make it into the top 20 at all.

Masterchef, on Ten, was 15th for the night, with just 643,000 viewers. It was just ahead of ABC1’s 7.30, which rated 643,000 according to the preliminary overnight data from OzTAM.

Seven won the night with a 21.4 per cent share. Nine was on 18.4 per cent.

Among the key advertising demographic of 25-54, fortunes changes slightly. The Block beat House Rules and Masterchef moved up to tenth.

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