The TV Battle Of The Codes: AFL vs NRL – 2012 Grand Finals – Who Reigned Supreme?

Was a big weekend for sport in Oz with the two major football codes having their grand finals. And man they were two cracker games, especially the AFL where Sydney Swans downed Hawthorn in a nail biter of a match, that hit massive attendances at the venues and big numbers on the box. So which one nabbed the home audience?

 

THE 2012 AFL GRAND FINAL – SYDNEY SWANS vs HAWTHORN – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

Coverage (In Order of most watched)

1. CHANNEL SEVEN – AFL GRAND FINAL PRESENTATIONS – 3,196,000

2. CHANNEL SEVEN – AFL GRAND FINAL: HAWTHORN VS SYDNEY – 2,937,000

3. CHANNEL SEVEN – AFL GRAND FINAL: POST MATCH – 2,349,000

4. CHANNEL SEVEN – AFL GRAND FINAL: ON THE GROUND – 1,931,000

5. CHANNEL SEVEN – AFL GRAND FINAL: PRE MATCH ENTERTAINMENT – 1,355,000

6. FOX FOOTY – LIVE: AFL: GRAND FINAL COUNTDOWN – 97,000

7. FOX FOOTY – AFL GRAND FINAL: HAWTHORN VS SYDNEY – 73,000

8. FOX FOOTY – AFL – GRAND FINAL BREAKFAST – 55,000

9. FOX FOOTY – AFL – POST GAME SHOW – 54,000

What is also surprising to see is that ARSENAL VS CHELSEA on FOX SPORTS won the day on Pay TV with 1,106,000 viewers.

THE 2012 NRL GRAND FINAL – MELBOURNE STORM VS CANTERBURY BULLDOGS – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

1. CHANNEL NINE – RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL PRESENTATION – 2,424,000

2. CHANNEL NINE – RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL – MELBOURNE STORM vs CANTERBURY BULLDOGS – 2,401,000

3. CHANNEL NINE – RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL ENTERTAINMENT – 1,297,000

THE PERCENTAGES

PRESENTATIONS – AFL by 31.85%

THE MATCH – AFL by 25.36%

That the presentations section is more popular than the actual games themselves is a bit concerning don’t you think? Will we see a day where the game will be obsolete and we’ll just televise the awards ceremonies instead? Well I doubt it but that was a surprise. The AFL delivered one of the highest rated shows on free to air TV for the year and certainly it’d only be the Olympics that would be above it for highest rated live sporting telecast of the year. And fair enough too for those of you that watched the match you can see why – it was a cracker!

That’s not to say the NRL wasn’t a huge success either – it certainly was and it rated right up there with the mid week sensations of the STATE OF ORIGIN matches that dominate the NRL ratings performances each year. Had the match been a week later and on the Saturday I’d forecast that the numbers would have been well up near the 3,000,000 mark for the Grand Final as well

My thanks to sportstoyou for the video & D Brown for the image.