10.07.2023 – Weekend Sports Attendance, Ratings and Memberships Wrap

Its been another big weekend in Australian sport as the Cricket dominates all on television and we head into the final of the 2023 Origin series.


In an Origin affected round with just 5 matches, attendances were 74,781 for the NRL in Round 17 at ana average of 15,056. The league is averaging 18,388 this season from a total of 2.592m for the year.

5,187,214 fans have attended Rounds 1-17 of the 2023 AFL season which is 60,267 more than the record-breaking season of 2019 (5,126,947). This is only the fourth time in history that cumulative attendance has surpassed five million by round 17. Friday night’s Western Bulldogs v Collingwood game at Marvel Stadium on Friday night was Bulldogs’ largest attended home game (43,482) since round 19, 2017.

For context this is more than the total of the current NRL season and the last BBL and A-league mens seasons – combined at 4.856m – you could probably add all the Super Rugby matches in there too.

Top 10 attended matches across opening 17 rounds of 2023

  • 95,179 Collingwood vs Essendon, MCG (Rd 6) ANZAC Day
  • 88,084 Richmond vs Carlton, MCG (Rd 1) Opening Night
  • 86,595 Geelong vs Collingwood, MCG (Rd 1)
  • 85,241 Collingwood vs Richmond, MCG (Rd 3)
  • 83,985 Melbourne vs Richmond, MCG (Rd 6) ANZAC Day Eve
  • 83,639 Carlton vs Essendon, MCG (Rd 13) Kings Birthday Eve
  • 83,578 Melbourne vs Collingwood, MCG (Rd 13) Big Freeze at the ‘G
  • 80,354 Carlton vs Collingwood, MCG (Rd 10)
  • 78,300 Essendon vs Richmond, MCG (Rd 10) Dreamtime at the ‘G
  • 71,463 Collingwood vs Sydney Swans, MCG (Rd 8)

Memberships Update


Round 19 #NRLtvratings totalled 2.858m at an average of 572,000 per match in an Origin affected round of 5 matches. The top 3 rating matches were

  • #1 Sun Titans/Dolphins – 822k
  • #2 Thu Tigers/Sharks 683k
  • #3 Fri Dragons/Raiders- 613k 

Round 17 #AFLtvratings totalled 3.794m at an average of 422,000 per match. Top 3 matches this round, including streaming estimates

  • #1 Fri Dogs/Pies 788k
  • #2 Thu Tigers/Swans 703k
  • #3 Bombres/Crows 556k

Consolidated #AFLtvratings to the end of round 16 totalled 77.197m at an average of 547,000 per game.

Consolidated #NRLtvratings to the end of round 18 totalled 87.991m at an average of 646,000 per game. Plus 6.39m for Origin and 1.58m for Womens Origin, bringing total to 94.4m

Approximately 192 million hours of AFL football have been watched across Seven and Fox networks this season, while an estimated 145m hours of NRL and representative rugby league have been watched across the Nine and Foxtel networks.

2023 Mid Year #AshesRatings to date – Average Session Ratings

  • Pre 484,000
  • S1 992,000
  • Lunch 704,000
  • S2 634,000
  • Tea 404,000
  • S3 382,000
  • Note that where up against the AFL or NRL on FTA television, S1 has crushed them (no Fox STB though) AFL ave 462,000 NRL ave 441,000 Data: VOZ

2023 Mid Year #AshesRatings – Aggregate Test Ratings to date

  • 1st Test – 13.9 million
  • 2nd Test – 18.89 million
  • 3rd Test – 11.8 million (with a day to come)
  • Reported ratings to date: 44.646 million
  • 3.189 million per day
  • average Pre,S1, Lch, & S2 average 703,000/session

For the purpose of transparency: Totals are calculated using VOZ consolidated and Oztam subtv consolidated+7 reports, and an estimation of Fox streaming data based on latest reported information. Oztam reports are available from @tv_blackbox and other sites, VOZ from virtualoz

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