AFL wins TV war with NRL

Original article by Scott Gullan
Herald Sun – Page: 59 : 27-Oct-20

Ratings data from OzTAM shows that the 2020 AFL grand final attracted 3.812 million viewers nationwide, which is the largest audience for an AFL match in four years. The Seven Network boasted an audience share of 65.8% for its coverage of the premiership decider. The AFL is likely to come under growing pressure to move the grand final to a prime-time slot permanently due to the strong ratings. Meanwhile, the Nine Network’s coverage of the NRL grand final was watched by 2.967 million viewers, compared with 2.65 million in 2019.

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TV networks prepare for second half of COVID-19 marathon

Original article by Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 13-Jul-20

The Nine Network has a total audience share of 27.8 per cent halfway through the ratings year, ahead of the Seven Network’s 26.5 per cent and the Ten Network’s 18.7 per cent. Free-to-air networks have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted production schedules and affected advertising revenue. However, Daniel Cutrone of media buyer Avenue C says the challenging conditions in 2020 present opportunities for advertisers who would not usually consider TV as an option.

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Nine CEO calls in Karl, at a cut price

Original article by Nick Tabakoff
The Australian – Page: 1 & 8 : 7-Nov-19

Nine Entertainment Company CEO Hugh Marks has flagged the possibility of Karl Stefanovic returning as co-host of the "Today" breakfast show in 2020. Stefanovic remains contracted to Nine for another year, on an annual salary of more than $2m, having been sacked from "Today" in late 2018. However, Marks says Stefanovic would have to agree to a significant pay cut if he were to return to the show he co-hosted for 14 years. The ratings for "Today" recently fell to a record low of 155,000 across the five major capital cities.

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Melbourne Cup in turmoil as ratings and attendance plunge in 2019

Original article by Roy Morgan
Media Update – Page: Online : 7-Nov-19

TV viewership of the Melbourne Cup has plunged in 2019, dropping by more than half-a-million viewers compared to 2018 (a drop of 28% in only one year) and down over 330,000 in Melbourne – the home of the race. In total 1.324 million Australians in the 5 Capital Cities tuned in to Network 10’s coverage of Australia’s most important horse race. Sydney viewing was down by over 100,000 and down by tens of thousands in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. As reported yesterday attendance at the Melbourne Cup was only 81,408, the lowest attendance for nearly a quarter of a century since 1995. In line with plunging attendance figures, TV viewership was down across the whole day including the Race, Presentation, Mounting Yard and other viewing segments. Attendance at the Melbourne Cup has now dropped for five years in a row and is a clear indicator of problems facing Australia’s Racing Industry which Roy Morgan shows has among the highest level of distrust of all sports.

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Giant loss nets Seven worst grand final rating in 18 years

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 23 & 25 : 30-Sep-19

Data from OzTAM shows that the Seven Network’s broadcast of the 2019 AFL Grand Final boasted a metropolitan audience of 2.197 million viewers, compared with 2.601 million in 2018. The nationwide audience fell from 3.378 million in 2018 to just 2.939 million. Richmond’s 89-point victory over the Greater Western Sydney Giants was the third-biggest winning margin in AFL/VFL history.

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Why networks still bet billions on football

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 23 : 26-Aug-19

Australia’s commercial TV networks have claimed that the sports broadcasting model is ‘broken’, but their latest financial results suggest otherwise. Seven has indicated that audiences for its coverage of AFL matches are 10 per cent higher than in 2018, and Nine says its NRL revenue has increased by one per cent over the last year. However, data from OzTAM shows that the audience for Nine’s NRL coverage has fallen 3.7 per cent year-on-year so far in 2019. The combined NRL audience share of Nine and Foxtel has also fallen in 2019.

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MasterChef hosts’ exit to hit revenue, viewers

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 7 : 25-Jul-19

Nunn Media MD Chris Walton says the Ten Network’s ratings and revenue will be affected by the departure of ‘MasterChef’ judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. Nunn adds that sponsors of the reality-TV show will be "sceptical" about a new team of judges for the next season. Ten is parting ways with the trio after failing to reach agreement on a new pay deal. OzTAM figures show that the 2019 season finale of ‘MasterChef’ attracted 831,000 metropolitan viewers, compared with 1.126 million in 2018.

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Aunty takes ratings crown

Original article by Zoe Samios, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 26 : 20-May-19

The ABC had the highest-rating federal election coverage on 18 May, with its audience peaking at 1.336 million – including 940,000 metropolitan viewers – from 8-9pm. The ABC News channel attracted an average metropolitan audience of 258,833, while some 300,000 people watched the public broadcaster’s election coverage via iview. Meanwhile, the Nine Network’s election coverage attracted some 450,000 metropolitan viewers, and pay-TV channel Sky News was watched by an average of 132,000 viewers.

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Breakfast shows have lost their sizzle factor

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 23 & 25 : 29-Apr-19

Ratings data from OzTAM shows that the Seven Network’s ‘Sunrise’ averaged 256,000 viewers in January 2019, compared with 357,000 in January 2012. The average audience for the Nine Network’s rival ‘Today’ has fallen from 319,000 to 206,000 over the same period. Although the ABC’s breakfast show has consistently gained market share since its launch, TV industry veteran Rob McKnight says a key reason why viewers are shunning ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Today’ is their reluctance to take risks as they did in the past.

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Ratings pain as tennis fails to shine for Nine

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 3 : 29-Jan-19

The Nine Network’s coverage of the 2019 Australian Open men’s final attracted an average national audience of 2.085 million. It was the lowest combined audience since 2007, while Seven attracted an audience of 2.37 million for its last men’s final broadcast in 2018. The women’s final attracted a combined average of 1.57 million. Nine spent $55m on its coverage of the 2019 Australian Open, and boasted advertising revenue of $45m. In contrast, Nine had spent $105m a year on broadcasting cricket, with ad revenue of $70m.

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