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Football club pay TV ratings and attendances for June

Chelsea are on fire. (Darren Walsh/Chelsea via AP Images)
Roar Guru
2nd July, 2015
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This article continues my series of monthly updates on the ratings and attendances of club football games in Australia across all four codes.

This month, surprisingly, the AFL took the top spot in the Fox TV ratings with the Friday night game, Fremantle versus Richmond (305k), a game in which the Tigers caused a bit of an upset, resulting in the Dockers’ first loss for the season.

The next highest AFL game was West Coast versus Essendon in fifth spot (285k).

Second, third and fourth spots went to the NRL, with the first two represented by Monday night games: Parramatta versus North Queensland (293k) and St George Illawarra versus Sydney Roosters (291k).

The AFL and NRL got five games each in the top 10. The most pleasing aspect for both leagues is the spread of teams in each of those five games with the AFL having nine clubs and the NRL having seven.

In total, 43 games of football managed ratings of over 150k during June. The AFL had 25 games and the NRL had 17 games.

One Super Rugby game made it onto the list: the semi-final between the Waratahs and the Highlanders (174k).

Another surprise was in store for us this month, with an A-League club hosting the largest attendance for any club football game in June, being the exhibition game against Chelsea (83,598).

The AFL came in second with the traditional Queen’s Birthday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood (66,120). The AFL took the 13 spots between second and 14th. Of the 33 games on the list, the AFL had 22.

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Super Rugby managed to get four games into the list with some big late season games, including two finals. The semi-final between the Waratahs and the Highlanders had the largest attendance (32,632) in 15th spot.

The NRL’s largest attendance was Brisbane Broncos versus Manly (28,691) in 19th spot. In all six NRL games made our list.

Fox TV Ratings (in thousands)
1. Fremantle versus Richmond 305
2. Parramatta versus North Queensland 293
3. St George Illawarra versus Sydney Roosters 291
4. Canterbury-Bankstown versus St George Illawarra 289
5. West Coast Eagles versus Essendon 285
6. North Melbourne versus Sydney Swans 280
7. Fremantle versus Collingwood 276
8. Geelong versus Melbourne Demons 276
9. New Zealand Warriors versus Sydney Roosters 274
10. Canterbury-Bankstown versus Penrith 267
11. Melbourne Storm versus Parramatta 265
12. Parramatta versus St George Illawarra 264
13. St Kilda versus Melbourne Demons 261
14. Sydney Swans versus Richmond 255
15. Canterbury-Bankstown versus Melbourne Storm 254
16. Sydney Roosters versus Melbourne Storm 241
17. Richmond versus West Coast Eagles 241
18. Brisbane Lions versus Adelaide Crows 239
19. North Queensland versus Cronulla 237
20. Port Adelaide versus Geelong 236
21. Adelaide Crows versus Hawthorn 229
22. Hawthorn versus Essendon 223
23. Carlton versus Gold Coast Suns 223
24. Collingwood versus GWS Giants 220
25. Souths versus New Zealand Warriors 216
26. Gold Coast Titans versus New Zealand Warriors 216
27. Melbourne Demons versus Collingwood 213
28. St Kilda versus Western Bulldogs 213
29. Carlton versus Adelaide Crows 212
30. Canberra Raiders versus North Queensland 211
31. Penrith versus Melbourne Storm 194
32. Gold Coast Suns versus Sydney Swans 193
33. Carlton versus Port Adelaide 185
34. GWS Giants versus North Melbourne 184
35. Newcastle Knights versus Cronulla 181
36. New Zealand Warriors versus Canberra Raiders 176
37. Western Bulldogs versus Brisbane Lions 175
38. NSW Waratahs versus Highlanders 174
39. Essendon versus Geelong 173
40. Gold Coast Suns versus Fremantle 167
41. North Melbourne versus West Coast Eagles 162
42. Newcastle Knights versus Canberra Raiders 160
43. Port Adelaide versus Western Bulldogs 152

Attendances
1. Sydney FC versus Chelsea 83,598
2. Melbourne Demons versus Collingwood 66,120
3. Hawthorn versus Essendon 62,500
4. Adelaide Crows versus Hawthorn 49,108
5. Port Adelaide versus Geelong 47,058
6. Richmond versus West Coast Eagles 45,178
7. Collingwood versus GWS Giants 43,390
8. Port Adelaide versus Western Bulldogs 41,813
9. Essendon versus Geelong 40,632
10. Fremantle versus Richmond 38,019
11. Sydney Swans versus Richmond 37,579
12. West Coast Eagles versus Essendon 37,306
13. Fremantle versus Collingwood 37,145
14. St Kilda versus Hawthorn 33,886
15. NSW Waratahs versus Highlanders 32,632
16. North Melbourne versus Sydney Swans 32,217
17. Carlton versus Adelaide Crows 32,035
18. Carlton versus Gold Coast Suns 30,207
19. Brisbane Broncos versus Manly 28,691
20. Geelong versus Melbourne Demons 28,007
21. Carlton versus Port Adelaide 27,693
22. Canterbury-Bankstown versus St George Illawarra 27,291
23. Brisbane Broncos versus Newcastle Knights 27,246
24. NSW Waratahs versus Queensland Reds 26,746
25. St Kilda versus Western Bulldogs 26,511
26. Queensland Reds versus Chiefs 25,841
27. St Kilda versus Melbourne Demons 25,187
28. Western Bulldogs versus Brisbane Lions 21,129
29. Souths versus New Zealand Warriors 20,272
30. ACT Brumbies versus Crusaders 19,398
31. North Queensland versus Cronulla 18,826
32. Brisbane Lions versus Adelaide Crows 18,146
33. Canterbury-Bankstown versus Melbourne Storm 16,764