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Big Sunday as 2.2m see Panthers win NRL Grand Final

Half the NRL Grand Final audience was in Sydney, with Nine drawing a huge 47.1% share.

Nine scored a huge 47.1% share as Penrith Panthers defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12.

The NRL Grand Final drew 2.2m metro viewers, over half of whom were in Sydney (1.12m viewers), followed by 558,000 in Brisbane and 313,000 in Melbourne. Overall numbers will climb higher with Regional viewers and potentially with Timeshifted.

The big game was also up on 2020’s 2.1m viewers.

Other entertainment was heavily impacted with Homicide with Ron Iddles at 492,000, The Masked Singer (380,000), Restoration Australia (385,000) and Border Security (335,000).

Later Manhunt drew 385,000 then Fires (295,000) and FBI (221,000).

Nine network won Sunday with a huge 47.1% share then Seven 19.8%, 10 13.8%, ABC 11.5% and SBS 7.7%.

Earlier Nine News drew 904,000 viewers with a late edition at 375,000. During the day a Queensland Cup PF2 match averaged 275,000.

Seven News won its slot at 1.00m viewers. Movie: Ladies in Black was 178,000.

The Sunday Project was best for 10 at 422,000 / 308,000. 10 News First drew 275,000 / 221,000 then FBI: Most Wanted (220,000) and FBI: International (194,000).

ABC News pulled 583,000 for ABC. Back Roads (220,000) and We Hunt Together (114,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (171,000 / 127,000), Inside Central Station (163,000), The Truth about Anxiety (161,000) and Scotland: 1000 Years of History (127,000).

ABC News led multichannels at 183,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 3 October 2021

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  1. 2.2m is a great number for viewers, but how many of them actually listened to the commentary? I suspect a reasonable portion of these were no doubt going old school and watching the tube but listening to the ABC, SEN or MMM to escape the biased opinions fed to us on Sunday night…

  2. I’m a kiwi living in Oz and I love my rugby especially when the All Blacks are playing. I wasn’t sure which team I should go for so I went for the Panthers since I love the the big cats. It was a great game.

    1. Well done Panthers! I’ve got family who are passionate supporters of the Rabbitohs. I’m surprised people still watched last nights Masked Singer as it was just going behind the scenes.

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