AFL dominates weekend TV viewing

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 29 September 2014

Unsurprisngly the AFL Grand Final dominated weekend viewing with Channel Seven taking home the most-watched program of 2014, so far.

The clash between the Swans and the Hawks pulled in a metro audience of 2.17 million viewers during the match, peaking at 2.39 million.

The broadcast picked up steam during the one-sided match with the broadcast hitting peak during the presentation of the cup and winner's medals, with the metro figures hitting a 3.02 million.

Seven also picked up a million viewers in regional areas. All told more than 4 million viewers tuned into the broadcast in metro and regional areas.

Post-match, viewers dropped off to 1.8 million in metro areas, meaning there was about a 15.5% drop off after the game.

Overall, Channel Seven was able to pick up 85,000 more viewers of the Grand Final than last year, driven by the match being between a Sydney and Melbourne team.

The NRL's second semi-final between the Bulldogs and Panthers, also on Satruday (27 September) drew 1.07 million viewers, with 696,000 of those Sydneysiders.

The drop off-in viewers during the game to the post-match coverage was more pronounced in the NRL, with 542,000 sticking around for the analysis, a drop of roughly 50%.

The top five slots on Saturday were all AFL-related programs, with NRL coverage coming in at number seven.

The earlier finish time of the AFL Grand Final and the later kick-off of the NRL semi-final meant Chanel Nine won the evening with a 36.9% share.

Meanwhile on Sunday, The Block: Glasshouse continued its strong run bringing in 1.55 million viewers in the metro areas while Channel Seven's reality show X-Factor took 1.11 million during its live performance show.

Nine won the night with a 33.2% share on Sunday, with Channel Seven coming in behind at 29.3%.

Meanwhile on Friday, Channel Nine took home a 37.8% share with its broodcast of the NRL semi-final between South Sydney and the Roosters bringing in 1.19 million viewers.


TV ratings 28/9/14



TV ratings 27/9/14



TV ratings 26/9/14

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. 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. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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