The 2011 NRL Grand Final stumped up with 2.02m viewers with half of them in Sydney and a win for Sunday night.
The Sea Eagles crushed the Warriors 24 to 10 at ANZ Stadium last night, with 1.02m viewers in Sydney, 524,000 in Brissy and 347,000 in Melbourne. Once again the entertainment showed the AFL how to put on a show, even if it was heavy with sponsors and NRL cheerleaders.
The numbers dipped slightly on 2010’s 2.09m and were well down on the 2.41m in 2009 when Melbourne Storm competed.
Spilling into primetime the match helped Nine to a huge networks share of 35.5% over Seven’s 26.4% and TEN’s 22.6% which now makes this a week to watch.
Due to the timeslot variations in different markets, direct comparisons are a little unfair. But Nine also scored well with Underbelly: Razor on 1.3m and 60 Minutes on 1.22m. Person Of Interest is sitting at 658,000.
Seven News was best for Seven on 1.29m, followed by Sunday Night (1.22m), and Wild Boys (986,000). A Bones repeat was overrun by first run dramas, with just 665,000 -fourth in its slot.
TEN’s Terra Nova premiered to 1.2m -a good figure given it was as double episode from 8:30pm. Junior Masterchef with the PM as guest was 1.05m, doubling its lead in from The Renovators (508,000). But its new-look TEN News at Five premiered to just 288,000, well below the audience that might have sampled it if it had followed the AFL Grand Final. When it isn’t against the NRL Grand Final we’ll get a better idea of how it compares with previous programming.
Grand Designs Revisited was 856,000 as the best for ABC1 followed by ABC News (736,000) and The #No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (725,000).
Best for SBS was Planet Egypt on 213,000.
The Bolt Report‘s total audience was 194,000 from 2 broadcasts. Insiders total audience was 242,000 from 3 broadcasts.
The Big Bang Theory topped multichannels on 245,00.
Nine won Sunday.