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AFL/NRL Grand Final Weekend Crowds and TV Summary



The 2018 Grand Final crowd broke the MCG record (under its current configuration) by one person — 100,022, beating the 2017 mark of 100,021. The AFL finishes the season with a total attendance of 7,509,302 and an average of 36,687. Total AFL attendances across AFL, JLT (89,014), AFLX (42,730) and AFLW (174,012) were 7,900,058 at an average of 30,981.

A finals attendance record has been set, with 700,395 spectators at the nine games in September. The previous high was established in 2010, when there was a Grand Final replay, with the 651,000 attending that year. There were five matches with a crowd of at least 90,000 this year. That has happened only one other time, in 1972.

The average attendance across the finals series was 77,821.


  • National 3,378,000 (Metro 2,601,000 Regional 777,000)
  • Peak National 4,297,000 Peak
  • Metro 3,257,000 Metro: Syd 345k (Peak 508k) Mel 1.24m (1.45m) Bri 247k (369k) Ade 290k (358k) Per 471k (568k)

AFL metro ratings the lowest since 2008, and down 0.03% on 2017. Perth gained 53%, while all other metro cities dropped (bris -29%, adel -22%, Syd -8%, Melb -2%). Regionals down 8%, with overall FTA ratings down 4% on 2017.

The Grand Final scored a huge commercial FTA share in some cities –  97.6% in Melbourne and 95% in Perth.


AFL Match Live Streaming CTV (Connected TVs) Total Minutes = 1,772,181. VPM (Video Player Measurement) = 11,007.



The 2018 NRL Grand Final was attended by 82,688 at ANZ Stadium.


  • National average: 3,034,000 (Metro 2,122,000 Regional 911,000)
  • National peak: 3,445,000 (Metro 2,373,000 Regional 1,071,000)

The Sydney share was a massive 57.7% and in Brisbane 48.8%

All figures the lowest since 2008. National down 11% on 2017, Metro down 9%, Regional down 15%. (Note: prelim overnight only).

NRL Grand Final audiences were up on the 2017 decider in Sydney (+10%, 895k) & Adelaide (+2%, 88k), but down in Melbourne (-14%, 551k), Brisbane (-27%, 488k) and Perth (-11%, 100k). The audience for the NRL Grand Final in Brisbane was the lowest since 2003, and the only sub 500k metro audience since then. Melbournes audience the lowest in 3 years after averaging 640k’s in both the previous events. (Both could change with consolidated results later.).


The Grand Final was streamed by an average VPM audience of 44,500 on 9now.


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