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Football ratings and attendances over Easter

The MCG has hosted plenty of ODIs, but what about Australia's smaller venues. (Alexander Sheko/Wikimedia Commons)
Roar Guru
30th March, 2016

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