NRL final scores 2.41m
The 2009 NRL Grand Final topped 2.41m but avoiding the Presentation in Melbourne furthers the Pay TV argument to give sports more comprehensive coverage.
The 2009 NRL Grand Final topped 2.41m last night pushing Nine to a big win for Sunday.
The match was significantly higher than the 2008 final of 2.07m. In Sydney 1.11m viewers watched on, while Melbourne had 650,000 -more than Brisbane’s 535,000.
Nine says it peaked at 3.09m viewers.
But in Melbourne, talkback callers today were angry over Nine’s switch to Nine News before the Presentation to the Storm team. In reality, the Presentation was never scheduled in that city. But at a time when the Anti-Siphoning List is being reviewed, it furthers the arguments in the Pay TV camp to give sports more comprehensive coverage.
The match gave Nine’s other shows a big boost including Nine News 1.84m and 60 Minutes 1.4m. But Nine needs to look closely at the drop for Rescue: Special Ops, down to 956,000 after a solid lead in. Either the timeslot is wrong or people haven’t warmed to the show. Or both.
Also strong was Midsomer Murders 1.35m for the ABC while Who Do You think You Are? held most of its 402,000 at SBS.
TEN had a tough night, fending off the NRL and the impact of daylight saving. Australian Idol sat at 926,000. Once again the first solo singer didn’t take to the stage until 8pm. Considering the softer lead in Rove‘s retention of 712,000 was not too bad. The 16.4% share for the night must be one of its lowest Sundays all year -well behind the ABC.
With a public holiday in NSW on Monday figures were generally down across the board. They will be huge tonight as the city settles in early for the working week.
Seven had different movies in different cities but it did best with Seven News at 1.26m.
Wipeout was well down this week on GO! at 164,000, no doubt with sports fans watching NRL.
With another Hey Hey special this week, Nine will be the one to beat this week.