Footy figures:

As
expected, a win to Nine in the week to Saturday, thanks to the lingering
afterglow of the AFL Grand Final, but essentially, the impact of the memorable
Wests Tigers win over St George Illawarra in the first NRL Preliminary Final on the Nine
Network in Sydney and Brisbane.

The AFL
dominated viewing Saturday with an average of 3.394 million viewers nationally
and was naturally the most watched program, as were the next three programs, all
AFL Grand Final related on Ten. But
they were all to air before prime time starts at 6 pm and so didn’t count in the
nightly battle, except in Melbourne and Perth.

Perth’s two hour delay meant the game telecast finished at 4 pm, but
viewers there (a record crowd), obviously sat stunned with their sets still on,
pondering the Weagles’ loss. That’s why Ten won Perth on Saturday night from the ABC, Seven and
Nine.

Nationally Nine won the night with a 31.9% share from
Ten with 22.5%, The ABC was third with 21.0% Seven was fourth with 19.7% and SBS
had a 4.7% share. That
followed a huge win in Sydney where Nine had
a 44.1% share, thanks to the NRL. The others were also rans. Ten won Melbourne, Nine won
Brisbane because of the NRL and won Adelaide.

Nine
won the week with a 30.8% share to 26.5% for Nine,
20.9% for Ten, 16.6% for the ABC and 5.2% for SBS. Nine won all markets thanks
to the combination of the Brownlow Medal on Monday
night in the South and a strong Sunday night. The NRL
in Sydney and Brisbane on Saturday night was the icing on the
cake.

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