Ratings fail to capture full picture of Grand Final viewership

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Oct-17

Two Roy Morgan Snap SMS surveys taken after the weekend’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals show that millions more Australians watched the two showpiece events than were captured by conventional "5 City Metro’ ratings figures. A Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey taken on Sunday showed that 8.4 million Australians aged 18+ (44.5%) watched the AFL Grand Final, which is much higher than suggested by the official Channel 7 "5 City Metro" ratings of 2.7 million. A further Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey taken on Monday showed that 6.5 million Australians aged 18+ (34.5%) watched the NRL Grand Final; again, this is much higher than suggested by the official Channel 9 "5 City Metro" ratings of 2.3 million. Roy Morgan Research executive chairman Gary Morgan says the good news for Grand Final advertisers and sponsors is that millions of Australians watched the games on TV outside the traditional "5 City Metro" markets, and millions more watched the games at a friend’s house, in a pub or hotel, at the ground or streaming via an app or website.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED

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