AFL's Saturday Grand Final Beats Out Sunday's NRL Final In TV Audience
Nine's rugby league grand final was viewed by an average of 3.87 million people in Australia Sunday, peaking at 4.65 million, according to Lara Sinclair of THE AUSTRALIAN. The result was beaten by Saturday's Australian Football League grand final on Seven, "which was watched by an average" of 4.05 million people nationally. According to the Nine Network, in the five capital cities, the rugby league grand final between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm averaged 2.56 million viewers and peaked at 3 million. Those numbers make it the highest-rating final since '06. The rugby league "helped push Nine to a sweeping ratings victory" with a network share of 40.8% Sunday night, ahead of Seven's 25.2%. The ABC came in third with a 17.2% share, beating Ten (12.9%) and SBS (3.9%) (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/1).