The Weekends Footy on TV

In a week where Game of Thrones dominated the TV landscape – including Foxtels sports coverage – the winter sports had another good ratings week. The AFLs stellar start to the season continued, while the NRL trails the first 5 rounds of 2018 by a small margin. Even the Winx farewell scored 902,000 on Seven.

The most watched game of the weekend was Thursday nights AFL with 990,000 viewers, closely followed by the AFL on Friday night with 980,000 and the NRL on Thursday night with 950,000.

Thursday night was also a winner for the NRL with 950,000 watching across Nine and Foxtel. Saturday night proved top drawer for both the A-league (35,000 on FTA, 31,000 on Fox) and Super Rugby (49,000 on Fox).

There are as always no Kayo figures available, and VPM ratings were dominated by Married at First Sight and Game of Thrones, however Live VOD was led this round by Foxleagues Knights v Sea Eagles with a 19,000 VPM rating, including 100,000 stream starts, while the AFLs Port v Richmond clash had more minutes streamed at 2.496m.


Round 4 of the AFL Premiership season was watched by its lowest audience this season, but still topped 4 million viewers across the 9 matches broadcast over the weekend.  Total AFL ratings are up nearly 20% on last season.

AFL Ratings are up in every TV market. Metro ratings are up by 16%,  led by Melbourne which is up 28% on the first four rounds of 2018. Regional markets are up 28% and Foxtel is also up 9%.

If you thought AFL on Thursday night was going to change any time soon, it looks kind of doubtful at this point.

Thursday nights Swans v Dees clash at the SCG attracted the most total viewers with 991,000 watching over the course of the game including 761,000 on the Seven network (the most watched AFL game on Free to Air television over the weekend) and its affiliates nationally and 230,000 on Foxfooty.

For the first time this season, neither Thursday or Friday were able to top one million viewers.

Friday nights clash between the Pies and the Bulldogs was the most watched AFL game on Foxtel attracting 239,000 viewers.

In State footy, the SANFL had 20,000 viewers on Saturday afternoon on Seven.

The highest rating AFL game on LIVE VOD this weekend week was Port Adelaide v Richmond, with 15,000 VPM. 2.496m minutes were streamed of the game, which ran for 165min and started at 4:35pm on Saturday. It had 90k stream starts.


Round 5 of the NRL Premiership season was watched by its lowest audience of the season, but 3.67m viewers still tuned in for the 8 matches broadcast over the weekend. Total NRL ratings are down slightly by 4.3% on last season.

In the 5 capitals ratings, ratings are up 4.3%, led by Sydney broadcasts which are up almost 9%, while Brisbane is up almost 4.5% on the first five rounds of last year. The GEM markets are faring less well, down more than 5% on last year. Regional ratings are down 8%, and Foxleague trails last year ever so slightly down 1.4%.

Thursday nights Broncos v Tigers clash was the top rating NRL game on Free to Air and on Foxtel with 675,000 watching on the Nine network and its affiliates nationally, and a further 275,000 watching on Foxleague.

Nine reported that the 9now streamed 2.4 million minutes of live NRL matches this round, a figure which is up 178% on last season. On Foxtel, the highest stream rating went to Knights v Sea Eagles with 19,000 VPM, including 2.11 million minutes streamed and 100,000 stream starts.


Round 25 of the 2018-19 A-league season had 35,000 viewers in the metro area on 10 bold. The last three weeks have averaged 35,000 viewers in the capital cities on free to air television.

Friday nights Foxtel rating for Brisbane and Wellington was the lowest Friday broadcast of the year with just 12,000 viewers and one of the lowest for the season.

The Sydney derby on Saturday attracted 31,000 viewers to its coverage on Foxtel, in addition to Tens broadcast.

The A-league season average on Foxtel is down to 34,000 per game, and will finish the season well down on the 51,000 it averaged last season.


Super Rugby

Round of the Super Rugby on Foxtel saw Saturdays Brumbies v Lions hit 49,000 viewers, while Fridays game between the Rebels and the Stormers managed 44,000.

Across the season, Australian rugby sides are averaging around 66,000 viewers on Foxtel for the year, up from the 60,000 reported by Fairfax media in May 2018. The average for all Superrugby matches is less than 62,000.



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