On Grand Final eve, more or less, Thursday was all about the AFL Footy Show.
Broadcasting its annual shindig from Rod Laver Arena the show was full of raucous entertainment, wigs, skirts, shirtless players and controversy -and the crowd loved it. Even with its questionable inclusion of an “I Don’t Like Monday’s” parody of the St. Kilda schoolgirl and Ricky Nixon scandal (and Nixon was in the venue) it was cheered by the audience. At home it pulled a big, fat 507,000 viewers in Melbourne, much greater than the NRL Footy Show Grand Final edition in Sydney on just 152,000.
There is little doubt that the AFL Footy Show helped Nine to win the night nationally, the show stretched for some three hours across the night. The two shows combined stumped up with 973,000 nationally, enough to win their timeslot.
Elsewhere for Nine last night Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year was 883,000. The season final played at 7:30pm in Melbourne with 258,000 viewers, 57,000 more than it had in that market at 8:30pm last week.
As usual Seven’s early evening dominated proceedings with Seven News (1.21m), Today Tonight (1.11m) and Home and Away (991,000) all winning their slots. Four Weddings was 759,000 but it lifted for Beauty & the Geek Australia ( 804,000). Still one of Seven’s trickier nights, numbers dropped at 9:30pm with How I Met Your Mother on 417,000.
The 7pm Project (750,000) was best for TEN with The Renovators on 695,000. Disappointingly Rush slipped to 665,000, against the might of The Footy Show. The first Law And Order: SVU replay was 564,000.
ABC News was 918,000 for ABC1. The season final of Catalyst was 663,000, but on a bad night for Aussie drama Crownies fell to 489,000. Next week it moves to 9:30pm.
Gourmet Farmer was best for SBS ONE on 337,000 while Neighbours topped multichannels on 340,000.