A-League strong, but AFL continues TV ratings dominance

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    Foxtel’s massive investment in AFL is continuing to pay off, with AFL games securing good ratings over the past weekend.

    In a weekend of no live pay TV NRL coverage, the Friday night St Kilda vs Fremantle game was the top ratings sports event, with 271,000 national viewers.

    The Saturday Adelaide vs GWS Giants game was watched by 194,000 viewers, while West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn received 160,000 viewers.

    Also on Saturday the Waratahs vs Rebels match was watched 149,000 viewers, a rare entry this season for Australian Super Rugby TV figures to crack the 100,000 viewer mark.

    Ratings for Super Rugby have suffered in 2012 thanks to the lack of a strong and successful Australian side like the title-winning Queensland Reds of last year.

    The AFL has continued to rate well on Fox Sports, sharing top billing throughout the season with the NRL.

    Each week the NRL and AFL have dominated the highest ratings spots.

    Yesterday the A-League grand final was watched by an audience of 200,600, a decent figure when compared to the 2011 and 2010 grand finals.

    But it was not the top-rating sports program on pay TV on Sunday, with the Geelong vs Richmond and Melbourne vs Bulldogs matches pulling in 224,100 and 209,500 each respectively.

    In 2011 the A-league grand final was watched by 204,000 viewers while the 2010 edition had an audience of 176,000.

    Yesterday the grand final post-game show watched by 156,700 and the pre-game show was watched by 52,400.

    The A-League grand final was up against rugby league’s City-Country Origin game on Nine in the same timeslot, and that match was watched by a metro total people audience of 478,000.