The numbers eclipsed the previous record, the 2007 Grand Final between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United by 14,000 viewers, and thumped last year’s Grand Final average audience by 38 per cent.
FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany said: “(Yesterday) we witnessed an incredible ending to what has been one of the most remarkable sporting stories of the year.
“Never before has there been so much interest in football in Australia and FOX Sports was there every step of the way with live and exclusive coverage of every Hyundai A-League match.
“At the beginning of the season the headlines were all about marquee signings which no doubt helped raise the league’s profile and crowd attendance but, the real story at the end of the day, was the emergence of quality teams and contests that captivated fans.
“This season was the most watched season in the competition’s history with more than 2.8 million viewers tuning in to FOX Sports’ live coverage with average audiences up 23 per cent on last year.
“With over 33 weeks of prime time coverage, the Hyundai A-League is emerging as a real gem for us in summer and has well and truly cemented itself in the Australian sporting fabric.”