2021 NRL TV Ratings News

Round 1

NRL was back with a bang on Fox League with Round One of the 2021 season, becoming the all-time highest rating opening round in subscription television history and the second-highest rating NRL Round ever with an audience average of 372,000, up 28% on R1 2020.

All Foxtel Group platforms saw significant growth, with Foxtel broadcast audiences up 14% and streaming on Kayo, Foxtel Now, Foxtel GO up 74%.

Thursday night’s season opener featuring the Storm v Rabbitohs was the number one game for the round with an average audience of 487,000.  The season opener was the highest rating Round One match ever and the highest rating Thursday night match ever.  Friday night’s Broncos v Eels clash drew the next largest number of viewers, with an average audience of 429,000.

Round 2

Nine’s Thursday Night NRL Live was a dominant timeslot winner in Sydney and Brisbane.

  • Nine’s Thursday Night NRL Live recorded a national peak audience of 869,000 (Metro: 526,000 / Regional: 343,000) and a national average audience of 664,000 (Metro: 425,000 / Regional: 239,000) – includes viewers on 9Gem in Adelaide & Perth.
  • Nine’s Thursday Night NRL Live was the No.1 program of the night in Sydney and Brisbane with People 25-54, People 16-39 and GS + Child.

Last night’s Thursday NRL Live match is up 26% across the 5 City on Round 2’s Thursday Night Footy in 2020.

  • Sunday Afternoon NRL Live was a dominant timeslot winner in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Sunday Afternoon NRL Live secured a peak audience of 649,000 (Metro: 387,000 / Regional: 263,000) and an average audience of 439,000 (Metro: 264,000 / Regional: 175,000).

Round 3

  • Channel 9’s Thursday Night NRL Live was a dominant timeslot winner in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Channel 9’s Thursday Night NRL Live was the No.1 and No.2 program of the night in Sydney and Brisbane with People 25-54, People 16-39 and GS + Child.
  • Channel 9’s Thursday Night NRL Live recorded a national peak audience of 874,000 (Metro: 525,000 / Regional: 349,000) and a national average audience of 647,000 (Metro: 410,000 / Regional: 237,000) – includes viewers on 9Gem in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.
  • Nine’s Sunday Afternoon NRL Live recorded an average audience of 360,000 (Metro: 209,000 / Regional: 151,000) in Sydney and Brisbane.

Round 4 

Round 5

  • Channel 9’s Thursday Night NRL Live was the No. 3 program of the night in Sydney and a dominant timeslot winner in Brisbane.
  • Channel 9’s Thursday Night NRL Live recorded a national peak audience of 754,000 (Metro: 481,000 / Regional: 273,000) and a national average audience of 579,000 (Metro: 379,000 / Regional: 200,000) – includes viewers on 9Gem in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.
  • Sunday Afternoon NRL Live achieved a peak audience across NSW and QLD of 654,000 (Metro: 406,000 / Regional: 248,000) and an average audience across NSW and QLD of 421,000 (Metro: 249,000/ Regional: 172,000). 

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