2.18m watch Sydney Roosters win NRL Grand Final

By David Knox on October 7, 2013 / Filed Under News 13

nrlrmAn average of 2.18m watched the Sydney Roosters win the NRL Grand Final in 5 metro cities last night, with 1.05m of them in Sydney alone.

There were 581,000 watching in Brisbane and 411,000 in Melbourne.

Despite the first primetime Grand Final, the numbers were down on 2012 (2.42m). But Total People numbers will go higher once regional viewers are added.

Nine easily won the night with a huge 41.3% network share, then Seven 27.3%, TEN 14.6%, ABC 13.0% and SBS 3.9%.

In addition to the NRL, Nine News won its slot with 1.15m and Movie: The Hangover 2 was 597,000 in 4 cities.

In the face of competition Seven still put in a good performance, no doubt leaning on viewers in Melbourne and other cities. The X Factor was 1.25m then Seven News (1.00m), Sunday Night (936,000), Bones (621,000) and Castle (604,000).

Modern Family (562,000 / 554,000) was best for TEN then Elementary (539,000), Polar Bear and Me (342,000), TEN Eyewitness News (321,000), The Graham Norton Show (299,000) and The Simpsons (258,000).

ABC News (717,000) led ABC1 followed by Kakadu (699,000), Serangoon Road dropped to 420,000, Compass (357,000). Yagan was 162,000.

On SBS ONE it was Lost Kingdoms of South America (211,000), World News Australia (175,000), The Observer Effect (118,000) and Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta (104,000).

7TWO’s Escape to the Country led multichannels with 240,000.

Insiders: 152,000 / 77,000 / 40,000

OzTAM: Overnights: Sunday 6 October 2013

13 Comments »

  1. Bogues October 8, 2013 at 10:27 am -

    Without an out of state team involved and the X Factory on the other channels, I’m not terribly surprised the numbers are down on last year (Melbourne Storm were in last years grand final).

    If you add all the people at mates places and pubs, you’d probably hit 4 million plus.

  2. David Knox October 8, 2013 at 9:59 am -

    Actually regional numbers are tallied all the time, and even touted all the time by networks, but as media we stick to the 5 city metro rule for reporting as the industry standard. For big events like this I’ve found a lot of people in regionals and pubs always like to acknowledge they were watching too.

  3. IdiotBoxing October 8, 2013 at 9:02 am -

    It’s funny how these are the only events where people madly scramble to add regional figures to metro to boost the numbers. I call bullsh*t on this practice as both numbers would be way off reality. Why even mention total people numbers will go up when regional viewers are added when it’s not common practice to do so, only by people who want to make their code’s performance look better?

    I love the footy, but thank god the ratings for it are over!

  4. Cosmo Kramer October 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm -

    The ratings for the NRL GF are pretty much average. I thought they get more.
    The updated ratings are Metro 2.237m Regional 1.078m Total 3.315m

  5. The Moops October 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm -

    @cnrmlj, this afternoon I read on the NRLGF Twitter stream that the peak viewing figure for the Grand Final last night (including regionals) was 3.93M. I imagine that Gyngell is ecstatic with joy at that figure.

  6. cnrmlj October 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm -

    channel 9 and ruin. We read that in sentences way to often.

    Can’t imagine Gyngell would be happy with the NRL ratings. Oh well. At least the NRL delivered a win for his team.

  7. tvf October 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm -

    Really enjoyed the prematch entertainment especially the duet between ricky martin and jess mauboy of livin la vida loca. Just a shame channel nine had to ruin it by not showing the presentation at the end.

  8. BigJMATHEWS October 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm -

    Good Number for The X Factor even with NRL GF. This proves that there are even more people are watching the Television than ever before. Could this be that the Television marketers have drawn new eye balls that haven’t watched Television in the past?

  9. deedeedragons October 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm -

    Pretty good for two almost universally hated teams.

  10. Kelly McGann October 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm -

    @craigj77 Why is that? I thought his performance was quite good! Not necessarily the right audience but he did a good, entertaining job

  11. craigj77 October 7, 2013 at 11:36 am -

    Presumably the shift back to prime time is more acceptable to the masses now that the first Monday in October (today) is now a public holiday in Queensland as well as NSW. My only other comment, Ricky Martin should have mimed!

  12. The Moops October 7, 2013 at 11:24 am -

    Heard a few minutes ago on radio that with regionals added, ratings for the Grand Final last night were around 3.5M. It was an all Sydney teams Grand Final, which is why the numbers would have been down on last year. If Melbourne Storm or Brisbane Broncos were playing, there would have been more viewers in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively. Still, incredibly good ratings, no wonder the networks pay telephone number sized amounts for the broadcast rights.

  13. J Bar October 7, 2013 at 11:02 am -

    It’s not actually the first time the GF was in prime time but it’s been a while.

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