AFL match breaks Pay TV records

Richmond v GWS is the biggest AFL crowd on Pay TV ever -plus all the details of the week ahead.

Saturday’s Richmond v Greater Western Sydney has broken records as the highest rating AFL game of all-time on Subscription TV.

The game pulled a huge 552,000 viewers, surpassing the previous best of 543,000 (2016, Saturday Twilight Finals Week 3: GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs).

That was on top of the 1.1m watching the game on Seven.

Here are the details of FOX Footy coverage of Grand Final Week:

FOX Footy has a jam-packed schedule of celebrations this week leading into the AFL Grand Final on Saturday.

It all kicks off with a bumper line-up of entertainment shows and special broadcasts of FOX Footy favourites AFL 360, On The Couch, League Teams, and Bounce.

Open Mike on Wednesday night will celebrate 50 years of football for the great Kevin Sheedy, in a Finals special episode.

At 11am on Friday, the annual Grand Final Parade will be broadcast Live with the fan favourite hosted by Jason Dunstall and Sarah Jones.

Friday evening’s AFL 360 and Bounce Live broadcasts from will give fans one last opportunity to attend the Grand Final, with two tickets available to the big game for the “best dressed” footy fan. Fans are invited down to Yarra Park, MCG, to watch the shows Live and enjoy a free BBQ.

On Grand Final Day, the biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar kicks-off with the Mazda North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast, hosted by FOX Footy’s Dwayne Russell Live from 9am at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Then, from 10am, current AFL and AFLW stars will join some of the legends of the game as they attempt to kick 75 metres across Melbourne’s Yarra River in the battle to be crowned the FOX Footy Longest Kick champion.

Bryce Gibbs will return to defend his title against the likes of Josh Kennedy (WCE), Matt Suckling (Bulldogs), Jayden Hunt (Melbourne), AFLW superstars Katie Brennan (Bulldogs) and Sarah Perkins (Adelaide), legends Brendan Fevola and Dustin Fletcher. Plus Wildcard superboot James Pennycuick who roosted a 73.9m kick at last year’s competition.

The FOX Footy Longest Kick, brought to you by KFC, will be broadcast Live from 10am, hosted by the Bounce team, led by Dunstall and Danny Frawley.

Following the competition and parade, FOX Footy will host the best pre, halftime, and post analysis of the Grand Final. Eddie McGuire, Sandy Roberts, and Sarah Jones will lead the most experienced AFL commentary team, made up of Paul Roos, Dermott Brereton, Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown, Gerard Healy, David King, Ben Dixon, Nick Dal Santo, Cameron Mooney, Brad Johnson, Mark Ricciuto, Mark Maclure, Brian Lake, Matthew Pavlich, and Alastair Lynch.

Grand Final Parade
Fri 29 Sep, hosted by Sarah Jones and Jason Dunstall, Live from 10am

FOX Footy’s Longest Kick
Sat 30 Sep, hosted by the Bounce team and featuring current superstar players

AFL 360 – Coaches Night: @ 7.30pm Hosts: Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson Guests: Chris Scott and Alan Richardson

AFL 360 – Players Night: @ 7.30pm
Guests: Jack Riewoldt, Jordan Lewis, and Bob Murphy

On The Couch @ 8.30pm
Hosts: Gerard Healy, Jonathan Brown, Jason Dunstall, and David King Guest: Peggy O’Neal, Richmond President

AFL 360 – Legends’ Night: @ 7.30pm
Guests: Mark McClure, David King, and Mark “Bomber” Thompson

Open Mike: @ 8.30pm
Kevin Sheedy, 50 years of Footy

League Teams: @ 6.30pm
Hosts: Dermott Brereton, Paul Roos, Alastair Lynch, Brad Johnson, and Ben Dixon

AFL 360: @ 7.30pm
Guests: Nick Dal Santo, Brian Lake, Peter Sumich, and Brad Johnson

AFL 360 @ 7.30pm (Live OB)
Guests: Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis, Mark Ricciuto, Josh Kennedy, and Neale Daniher Plus live music from Mike Brady and Casey Barnes

Bounce: @ 9pm (Live OB)
Host: Jason Dunstall
Guests: Danny Frawley, Cameron Mooney, Brian Lake, and Tegan Higginbotham

*All times listed above are AEST.

5 Responses

  1. Every single game of the season and finals are on the anti-siphoning list meaning they get offered to FTA networks first. The actual reason Fox Footy don’t simulcast the grand final is because 7 pay big $$$ for exclusive rights. If they didn’t you’d see their ratings for the GF drop by up to a million viewers. And that was obviously in reply to sleepnow.

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