I posted this on another site but it is relevant to the title of this thread.
From today's Media section of the Australian it has the season opening live game for the AFL with 245,000 viewers (in Brisbane). This event came about 15th for the week.
The RL match came 4th. Its viewing audience was some where between 285,000 & 336,000. (between the 5th rated show & 3rd rated show which were the Sunday Channel 7 News & Sunday Channel 9 news respectively).
I noted the program that took over from Burke's backyard 'Better Homes & Gardens' rated 219,000 in Brisbane. As the RL game probably rated over 100,000 more than this it shows football does not have to rely on other programs to bolter their audience.
Just imagine what the audience would have been if the game was shown live.
The top 5 programs in Brisbane were as follows:
CSI: Miami 337,000
CSI Crime Scene Inv 336,000
National 9 News (Sun) 336,000
FNF Broncos & Roosters (not available)
7 News Sunday 285,000
The AFL game nation wide came 13th with a total of 1,235,000 viewers. So much for Leigh Matthew's boast that the game would be the most watched in the game's history.Laughing
The Capital City audience for the AFL was:
The NRL game did not feature in the top 50 because the game was not shown in the southern capitals or it was shown late at night or early in the morning. This is something the NRL must address.
Incidentally the 50th rated program (capital city aidiences only) was 'My wife & kids' whose audience was 926,000. It really not a lot of difference (Australia wide) from the AFL figure of 1,235,000 which came 13th.
Also of interest was the ATR figures for the opening round of the NRL. The NRL game came 10th with an audience of 553,000. This is not to far behind the combined opening AFL figures for Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth 628,000. (193,000 +190,000 +245,0000)http://www.atraustralia.com.au/docs/rep ... t_reg.html
It is certainly better than the combined Adelaide & Perth figure of 383,000. (193,000 + 190,000).