Football ratings and attendances over Easter

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    The start of the AFL season meant the Easter long weekend was fully booked, with Super Rugby and the NRL having started a few weeks earlier, and the A-League approaching an exciting climax to its season.

    On top of that, the Socceroos ushered in the long weekend with an important World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan last Thursday night.

    TV ratings and attendances are always an interesting discussion point among sporting enthusiasts on The Roar, so I thought I would provide a bit of a wrap-up for the Easter long weekend, starting last Thursday, going through to Easter Monday.

    The article is split into three sections:
    – Top 15 Fox Sports TV ratings
    – Top ten free-to-air ratings (combining multi-channels where appropriate)
    – Top 15 attendances

    The NRL had the two top-rating games on Fox Sports, while the AFL had the two top-rating games on FTA.

    The opening game of the AFL season, Richmond versus Carlton, had the highest combined ratings (of the games simulcast on Fox and FTA), and it also had the highest attendance.

    Given it was the opening round of the season, the AFL had a few big games filling the top three attendance spots, but the NRL had the next three spots, with some excellent attendance figures.

    Top 15 Fox Sports TV ratings
    1. Cronulla versus Melbourne (NRL): 318,000
    2. Wests versus Parramatta (NRL): 307,000
    3. Geelong versus Hawthorn (AFL): 293,000
    4. Richmond versus Carlton (AFL): 287,000
    5. Roosters versus Manly (NRL): 275,000
    6. Melbourne versus Greater Western Sydney (AFL): 248,000
    7. Souths versus Canterbury (NRL): 242,000
    8. Canberra versus Gold Coast (NRL): 230,000
    9. Brisbane versus North Queensland(NRL): 229,000
    10. Gold Coast versus Essendon (AFL): 222,000
    11. Port Adelaide versus St Kilda (AFL): 219,000
    12. Bulldogs versus Fremantle (AFL): 209,000
    13. West Coast versus Brisbane (AFL): 198,000
    14. Sydney versus Collingwood (AFL): 182,000
    15. St George versus Penrith (NRL): 175,000

    Top ten FTA ratings (five city metro)
    1. Richmond versus Carlton (AFL): 604,000
    2. Geelong versus Hawthorn (AFL): 580,000
    3. Brisbane versus North Queensland(NRL): 557,000
    4. Sydney versus Collingwood (AFL): 403,000
    5. Souths versus Canterbury (NRL): 378,000
    6. Adelaide versus St Kilda (AFL): 300,000
    7. St George versus Penrith (NRL): 249,000
    8. Australia versus Tajikistan (WCQ): 193,000
    9. West Coast versus Brisbane (AFL): 137,000
    10. North Melbourne versus Adelaide (AFL): 136,000

    Top 15 attendances
    1. Richmond versus Carlton (AFL): 75,706
    2. Geelong versus Hawthorn (AFL): 74,218
    3. Port Adelaide versus St Kilda (AFL): 43,807
    4. Brisbane versus North Queensland(NRL): 46,167
    5. Souths versus Canterbury (NRL): 38,192
    6. Wests versus Parramatta (NRL): 36,112
    7. Australia versus Tajikistan (WCQ): 35,439
    8. West Coast versus Brisbane (AFL): 35,201
    9. Sydney versus Collingwood (AFL): 33,857
    10. Melbourne versus GWS (AFL): 28,505
    11. Bulldogs versus Fremantle (AFL): 27,832
    12. North Melbourne versus Adelaide (AFL): 25,485
    13. Victory versus Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League): 20,097
    14. Reds versus Waratahs (SR): 17,247
    15. Gold Coast versus Essendon (AFL): 16,239

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    The Crowd Says (24)

    • March 30th 2016 @ 12:27pm
      Pat Malone said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

      I thought we had an agreement you wouldn’t do this in 2016?

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      March 30th 2016 @ 12:37pm
      Cadfael said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:37pm | ! Report


    • March 30th 2016 @ 12:58pm
      catcat said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

      3 & 4 in the wrong order….
      Top 15 attendances
      1. Richmond versus Carlton (AFL): 75,706
      2. Geelong versus Hawthorn (AFL): 74,218
      3. Port Adelaide versus St Kilda (AFL): 43,807
      4. Brisbane versus North Queensland(NRL): 46,167

    • March 30th 2016 @ 1:40pm
      mattq said | March 30th 2016 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

      but the WCQ were 1hr delay on FTA. Surely you still need to combine Fox and FTA figures…?

    • March 30th 2016 @ 2:05pm
      Mals said | March 30th 2016 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      For the love of God man what about the regionals! C’mon we all know NRL rates the house down in regional NSW & QLD ๐Ÿ™‚

    • March 30th 2016 @ 2:18pm
      MAX said | March 30th 2016 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

      Who is Mr Football and why does he bother to put these figures on the League section of the ROAR?

      My Melbourne relatives tell me that Rules ain’t what it used to be for enjoyment. Probably nowhere
      else to go or nothing better to do. League on the other hand has entered a golden era.

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