A little dated but of interst:
...The ratings for last weekend confirmed the enormous pulling power of rugby league in Sydney and Brisbane. And, in Brisbane, even the 3 hour delayed Broncos v Storm game was only just beaten in the ratings by Ten’s LIVE coverage of the Lions v Port Adelaide grand final replay!
That’s a remarkable result for rugby league given that the Broncos v Storm game was shown live on pay television...and by the time Nine replayed the match Fox Sports was showing live the Cowboys v Knights game from Townsville.
...While free to air viewers get the rough end of the pineapple, but remain as loyal as ever, NRL on Fox continues to be a runaway ratings winner. The Storm v Broncos game on Fox last Saturday afternoon was easily the most watched program on Foxtel last week...and half the top ten programs on pay television were NRL games. It appears that total viewing number for NRL on Fox are up by close to 25 per cent on last year!http://www.crikey.com.au/articles/2005/ ... -3225.html
Why? Overall, the Foxtel coverage of the NRL – given that it has second pick from the shelf after Nine makes it selections – is good television. And the broadcasts start on time!
And, Foxtel has three or four games LIVE each weekend. And how many live games does Nine show? A big fat ZERO! No wonder pay audiences are growing. This week, the CEO’S of the NRL, ARU, AFL and Soccer met in Sydney to discuss areas of common interest.
I love the spin media types (even cricky does occasionally and they are normally pretty good) Its like " woohoo, we were beaten by the AFL, lets put on a brave face, throw in some excuses and celebrate.
NRL supporters were very happy to post stories on the forum when round 1 went to the NRL (just) and very quiet when the AFL wins round 3. This is just another confirmation why this thread is very misleading and I will come back to it every time, RL is NOT surging ahead in SE Queensland.
Channel 9 who sponsored the Broncos since 1991, finished 2004 with a 31.5% of the market...and rugby league again dominated the ratings in Queensland snaring the top four programs with the three SOOs & the NRL grand final. Eight of the top twenty Queensland TV programs were rugby league matches
Was that Channel 9 sponsors or controls the Broncos since 1991.....
This just proves the popularity of SOO, not the NRL. SOO is a very well marketed State V State series, but it is not an indication of the competition. I just Know Jeffles will have it in for me, so be it. SOO is also a fundamental roadblock to the NRL becoming a national competition, as all the other states do not relate to a NSW V QLD comp.
A Semi-finals appearance this season should grab them top spot in the crowd figures next year.
Mind you I am prematurely assuming the Lions are already ahead this season. What are the comparative crowd figures this season??
I recall the Broncs got 45k first up (highest in Brisbane this year) but only 25k last home match.
The Lions on the other hand have been selling out the lower capacity Gabba.
I seriously doubt the Broncos will overtake the Lions, the Lions have achieved 33,369 attedance for round 1 with the ticket stuff up and 33,966 for round 3. Until the new stand opens I believe this will be fairly consistant. NRL Round 3 was both QLD teams playing and thats only going to happen once per year.
TV ratings look good for the Broncs, but the really do need to pull a higher season average crowd figure to unequivocally take top spot. TV audiences are a better indicator of potential or latent support than actual, active support.
Dissagree, if you love your sport and team, then go to the game. If you want to look at latent support, look at the morgan teams poll. for all its worth, Morgan says the Lions have 1.492 million fans, now only 39K behind the Broncos with 1.531 million. surely this is a better indication of latent support, than who turns on their TV....
Maybe this thread should be changed to NRL plateaus in popularity in SE Queensland
.....fire them off boys