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The opening round of the NAB Cup was very successful on the re-introduced Fox Footy Channel.
This year the AFL chose to go with a six-team pool-system, with three teams for round one and the next three rounds seeing normal length games, while the last round will also see the two best-ranked teams play-off in the grand final.
Each game had what we’ve all been waiting for – the hits, the goals, the young players and new recruits. The ratings for the AFL clashes over the weekend were very impressive.
Seven of the 10 most-watched programs on Foxtel over the weekend were Fox Footy match broadcasts. The Greater Western Sydney Giants-Collingwood Magpies clash was watched by 259,000 people on Saturday night, which surprisingly generated more ratings than the traditional NRL Charity Shield clash between St. George-Illawarra and South Sydney.
In contrast, 79,000 people were watching an A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Melbourne Victory.
Collingwood’s other NAB Cup clash, against the Western Bulldogs was watched by 242,000 people, while the final Friday night clash between Richmond and Hawthorn, was viewed by a healthy 288,000.
All-in-all, the games were good, the ratings were very good and the channel is exceptional. Well done to the AFL and Fox Footy. Welcome back, we’ve missed you.