Sunday night’s Australian Open Men’s Singles Final broke the record books.
The epic match stretched for 5 hours 53 minutes -the longest grand slam in the history of the Australian Open.
UPDATED: Across the marathon broadcast, which ended at 1:37am AEDT it pulled an average of 1.86 viewers, up 34.7% on 2011’s Final.
The game peaked at 2.8m viewers.
A staggering 1.67m viewers were still glued to Seven for the Men’s Final Presentation at 1.45am this morning.
For Seven the match was ideal, stretching from 7:30pm until just before 2am -the cut off point for daily ratings. Seven landed an enormous 45.4% share (from 6pm – midnight), more than double its nearest competitor, Network TEN on 21.5%. Nine had to settle for third place on 18.3%.
The game trounced the competition, but TEN’s Sunday line-up held strong in its second outing. Both New Girl (1.28m) and Young Talent Time (1.08m) actually increased on their previous weeks. Homeland (1.17m) and Modern Family (1.16m) were also strong. The Project was 412,000.
Nine News was best for Nine on 1.23m viewers, followed by The Big Bang Theory repeats (884,000 / 876,000), 60 Minutes (716,000) and The Mentalist repeats (494,000 / 408,000).
Grand Designs (801,000) topped ABC1 improving from last week, then ABC News (787,000). Zen was 414,000.
A History of Ancient Britain pulled 263,000 for SBS ONE.
The best-ever numbers for the Australian Open remain Lleyton Hewitt’s 2005 match on 4.04 million.