Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: NRL delivers a ratings win for Nine

The combination of NRL and The Block put Nine in first place, ahead of Seven.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Ahh, the smell of linament and the roar of greasepaint as the NRL football roared back to TV screens for 2014, leaving Nine ahead easily in metro, regional and national markets thanks to the first game of the NRL season in Sydney and Brisbane and associated regional markets. The Block kicked in, as did Nine News and the tattered Footy Shows. And as a necessary antidote to all this footballism, watch Sunday Night on Seven and another story from Peter Fitzsimmons on the damage head knocks are doing to players and have been doing for years. It should be required viewing for every player in every code at every level. It will certainly be far more important than the Corby drivel aired a week ago and reported by Mike Willesee.

Seven took a not unexpected beating last night (The AFL starts next Thursday). Ten was again rotten. Its main channel share figure nationally and in metro and regional markets couldn’t get to 10% for yet another night.  The NRL had 756,000 metro viewers in Sydney and Brisbane.  There was a further 62,000 viewers on Gem in AFL metro markets. Add in the regional markets for WIN and Gem and the total national audience for the NRL was over 1.33 million people. And, if anyone is interested, 132,000 people watched the final hour of the 3rd cricket test (on Fox Sports 3) which Australia won with those two Ryan Harris wickets with 27 balls to go.

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  1. klewso

    So Janet King is more than “Fast Forward without the laughter”?

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