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Oct 1, 2012

Grand final ratings: RL in Melbourne beats AFL in Sydney

Melbourne sports fans like rugby league more than Sydney fans like AFL. That's what you can take out of TV ratings for the weekend's two grand finals.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

One thing is certain from the weekend grand finals for the AFL and NRL: rugby league has a much stronger following in Melbourne than the AFL has in Sydney, despite the Swans’ winning ways since 2005.

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  1. PK93

    “One thing is certain from the weekend grand finals for the AFL and NRL: rugby league has a much stronger following in Melbourne than the AFL has in Sydney, despite the Swans’ winning ways since 2005.”

    For certain a much stronger following? Do the marginally higher ratings in Melbourne have anything to do with the Sunday night versus Saturday afternoon time slots, perchance?

  2. Damien Roberts

    I can see that this is not an opinion piece given the factual statement “one thing is certain from the weekend grand finals…”

    I think that the writer of this article has interpreted the figures how he sees fit. However, my point of view is quite different. In fact I would suggest that the AFL will be absolutely rapt with getting that many people from Sydney watching on a Saturday afternoon.

    If the NRL kept their Grand Final in the traditional timeslot, they would get flogged and they know it.

    In years to come, as the NRL ratings creep up, the AFL will be forced to move the Grand Final to a twilight or evening Grand Final and then we will have a like for like comparison.

  3. eric

    “One thing is certain from the weekend grand finals for the AFL and NRL: rugby league has a much stronger following in Melbourne than the AFL has in Sydney, despite the Swans’ winning ways since 2005.”

    I dont believe that for one moment as The Storm are still struggling to get over 12,000 to their matches in Melbourne.BTW the Soccer got 42,000 to thier opening game in Melbourne.

    Plus as we know Saturday Afternoons are a wasteland for the TV stations compared to prime time on Sunday nights.
    Lets see how the AFL goes when they6 switch to twilight or night GFs in the near future
    The twilight AFL PF this year already had a million more viewers the normal so you would expect a similar rise for the GF.

  4. Adair Daryl

    The time slots are a major factor in terms of viewers. The AFL is already talking about staging the grand final in the “twilight” time slot, perhaps as early as next year. I hope they don’t eventually go to a night time slot. But TV networks are very persuasive and revenue sensitive.

    The overall national figure for the AFL is no surprise; it is a national game, whereas the NRL doesn’t feature in South or West Australia. It is an Eastern States and (in part) NZ competition. Apples and Oranges really.

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