More than 3.3million Australian based viewers and a further 692,000 New Zealand based fans joined the 81,988 crowd at ANZ Stadium to watch Manly’s 24-10 win over the Warriors in the 2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
Across the Nine, WIN and NBN networks last evening, the Telstra Premiership Grand Final averaged 2.16million viewers in Australia’s five capital cities (2010: 2.161m) and a further 1.15m (2010: 1.151m) across regional Australia.
Sydney led the way with 1,083,000 viewers (a 75% audience share) and Brisbane 567,000 (71% audience share).
Melbourne recorded a significant lift on 2010 winning its timeslot with 362,000 viewers tuning in to see if the Warriors could go all the way after having defeated the Storm the previous week.
In New Zealand 515,000 viewers watched on subscription television live through Sky Television and a further 177,000 watched delayed free to air coverage on Prime.
“The build up to the match across both Australia and New Zealand had been incredible,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.
“The atmosphere in the crowd is something I don’t think people will forget and it certainly carried through the television broadcasts.
“It continues a really strong year of television ratings and a finals series that saw significant growth on last year’s figures.
“Again the results underline the strength of Rugby League’s connection with television audiences.”
(NSW + Queensland)
(Free to air + Subscription)