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Football club pay-TV ratings and attendances for July

Roar Guru
4th August, 2015
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This article continues my series of monthly updates on the pay TV ratings and attendances of club football games in Australia across all four codes.

In a month where the NRL received some bullish news about the likely value of its next broadcast deal, it had the two most watched football club games on pay-TV in July.

Both games involved the Cowboys, who are a legitimate threat for the premiership this season.

The Saturday night game between Dragons and Cowboys attracted 302,000, while the most recent Monday night game saw the Cowboys versus the Eels achieve 293,000.

The AFL’s most watched game also reached 293,000, when the Magpies hosted the red-hot Hawks. In fourth spot on our table was a surprising fixture, with the Suns versus Kangaroos achieving 292,000.

Both competitions would be pleased in the spread of clubs getting good ratings, each having six fixtures in the top dozen football games. The AFL had 10 clubs appearing in their six highest rating matches, while the NRL had nine clubs appearing in theirs.

The AFL dominates attendances, with 22 of the top 25 most-attended matches, all 22 achieving an attendance in excess of 31,000, with all 18 clubs involved in at least one such match.

The best attended match was Collingwood’s hard-fought contest against Hawthorn (with an attendance of 75,880), which was also the AFL’s best-rating match.

The best-attended NRL match was the Broncos hosting the Tigers in Round 19 (37,260), which finished 16th on our list.

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The pre-season football match between Adelaide United and Liverpool attracted 53,008 to the Adelaide Oval, and was the fourth best attended match for the month.

There were other pre-season games played during July, including one between the Roar and Liverpool which also attracted a large crowd, but I could not find an official attendance figure, so unfortunately I had to leave it off the list.

TV Ratings (‘000s)
1. St George Illawarra versus North Queensland: 302
2. North Queensland versus Parramatta: 293
3. Collingwood versus Hawthorn: 293
4. Gold Coast Suns versus North Melbourne: 292
5. Hawthorn versus Richmond: 285
6. Canterbury-Bankstown versus Brisbane Broncos: 271
7. Collingwood versus West Coast Eagles: 270
8. Richmond versus Fremantle: 261
9. Western Bulldogs versus Gold Coast Suns: 242
10. St George Illawarra versus Souths: 239
11. Wests Tigers versus Parramatta: 238
12. Manly versus North Queensland: 238
13. Melbourne Storm versus St George Illawarra: 236
14. West Coast Eagles versus Sydney Swans: 235
15. Souths versus Newcastle Knights: 231
16. Sydney Swans versus Port Adelaide: 229
17. Essendon versus Melbourne Demons: 227
18. Penrith versus Sydney Roosters: 226
19. Gold Coast Titans versus Manly: 218
20. Port Adelaide versus Collingwood: 215
21. Western Bulldogs versus Collingwood: 212
22. Essendon versus St Kilda : 209
23. Richmond versus GWS Giants: 207
24. Fremantle versus Brisbane: 201
25. Richmond versus Carlton: 192
26. New Zealand versus Melbourne Storm: 187
27. Western Bulldogs versus Carlton: 186
28. North Melbourne versus Essendon: 182
29. Canberra Raiders versus Cronulla: 180
30. Penrith versus Canberra Raiders: 179
31. St Kilda versus Richmond: 179
32. Carlton versus Hawthorn: 177
33. Sydney Swans versus Hawthorn: 170
34. West Coast Eagles versus Adelaide: 170
35. New Zealand Warriors versus Manly: 169
36. Newcastle Knights versus Gold Coast Titans: 169
37. Geelong versus Western Bulldogs: 158
38. Hawthorn versus Fremantle: 157
39. Brisbane Lions versus Sydney Swans: 156
40. Essendon versus Port Adelaide: 152
41. GWS Giants versus St Kilda: 151
42. Sydney Roosters versus New Zealand Warriors: 146
43. Port Adelaide versus Adelaide Crows: 145

Attendances
1. Collingwood versus Hawthorn: 75,880
2. Hawthorn versus Richmond: 66,305
3. Port Adelaide versus Adelaide Crows: 53,518
4. Adelaide United versus Liverpool FC: 53,008
5. Richmond versus Carlton: 52,564
6. St Kilda versus Richmond : 45,722
7. Port Adelaide versus Collingwood: 44,496
8. Adelaide Crows versus Gold Coast Suns: 41,715
9. Western Bulldogs versus Collingwood: 40,581
10. Richmond versus Fremantle: 39,777
11. Essendon versus Melbourne: 38,861
12. West Coast Eagles versus Sydney Swans: 38,760
13. West Coast Eagles versus Adelaide: 38,133
14. Essendon versus St Kilda: 38,020
15. Sydney Swans versus Hawthorn: 37,369
16. Brisbane Broncos versus Wests Tigers: 37,260
17. Collingwood versus West Coast Eagles: 36,527
18. Richmond versus GWS Giants: 35,968
19. Fremantle versus Carlton: 33,581
20. Fremantle versus Brisbane Lions: 32,970
21. Western Bulldogs versus Carlton: 31,445
22. North Melbourne versus Geelong: 31,270
23. North Melbourne versus Essendon: 31,025
24. Sydney Swans versus Port Adelaide: 28,316
25. Brisbane Broncos versus Gold Coast Titans: 27,665
26. Carlton versus Hawthorn: 26,815
27. Melbourne Demons versus Brisbane Lions: 25,149
28. Geelong versus Western Bulldogs: 25,041
29. Essendon versus Port Adelaide: 23,705
30. Melbourne Demons versus St Kilda: 22,945
31. Canterbury-Bankstown versus Cronulla: 19,005
32. St George Illawarra versus Souths: 18,217
33. New Zealand Warriors versus Melbourne Storm: 17,278
34. Parramatta versus Canterbury-Bankstown: 17,082
35. Brisbane Lions versus Sydney Swans: 16,936
36. Sydney Roosters versus New Zealand Warriors: 16,301
37. New Zealand Warriors versus Manly: 15,812
38. Brisbane Lions versus North Melbourne: 15,563
39. Manly versus Cronulla: 14,881
40. GWS Giants versus Geelong: 14,667
41. Souths versus Newcastle Knights: 14,603
42. Melbourne Storm versus St George Illawarra: 14,532