It was a one-sided win on the ground, but the AFL Grand Final 2014 was still a winner with TV viewers, pulling a whopping 2,813,000 viewers yesterday. Including Regionals it averaged 3,718,000 viewers.
A huge 1.31m viewers watched in Melbourne and 551,000 were watching it Sydney “Live and Free” (as Seven was keen to remind us).
That lifts it to the top of the heap for the year, eclipsing 2.6m viewers for the My Kitchen Rules grand final and 2.57m for State of Origin (2.7m including GEM).
It topped 2013’s Hawthorn v Fremantle game of 2,717,000 but was lower than 2012’s Hawthorn v Sydney 3,196,000.
As always the number does not include those watching in pubs, parties and backyards.
But played out of primetime it did not factor into Seven’s share for the evening -which saw a Rugby League final at 1.07m give Nine the night.
Cue the annual arguments about shifting the game to a later start.
OzTAM Overnights: Saturday 27 September 2014