Socceroos World Cup game attracts 1.653m viewers topping weekly ratings ladder

Saturday night’s FIFA World Cup match saw France beat Australia as 1.653m metro viewers tuned in, making it the most watched program of the week.

SBS’ live broadcast of the match managed 2.1m viewers across the nation, making it the ninth most watched free-to-air program nationally this year.

Airing live on SBS, the match saw most of its viewers tune in from Sydney (592,000) and Melbourne (499,000).

Despite SBS’ FIFA World Cup success, Seven won the weekly TV ratings with an 18.9% overall audience share thanks to its flagship news program Seven News and its house renovation program House Rules.

Nine came in second place with a 16.5% metro share but managed to beat Seven in Sydney with a 19.2% share compared to Seven’s 17.3%.

Coming in third place was Ten with its 12.9% metro audience share, followed by ABC’s 11.7% and SBS’ 18.2%.

Seven also managed to win the key advertising demographics for the week (16-39, 25-54 and 18-49).

Including the multi-channel offerings of the networks, Seven still won the week with a 29.6% share, ahead of Nine’s 25.8%, Ten’s 17.9%, ABC’s 16.4% and SBS’ 10.4%.

According to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings, the second most-watched program for the week was Sunday night’s Seven News at 6pm, which attracted an audience of 1.064m metro viewers.

The most watched non-news program for the week was Ten’s flagship cooking show Masterchef, which managed a metro audience of 886,000 on Tuesday night.

House Rules was the only other non-news program to make the top 10 with 861,000 metro viewers tuning in on Tuesday night.

Nine’s reality program Love Island proved its popularity on 9Now with three episodes managing over 200,000 viewers, according to OzTAM’s video player measurement (VPM) ratings.

The tables and graphs below are provided by Nine and sourced from OzTAM data. They only include information on the commercial free-to-air networks – Nine, Ten and Seven – and exclude the ABC and SBS.


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