The 2011 AFL Grand Final was Australia’s highest-ratings TV sports program of 2011.
Tuesday, 4 October, 2011
The 2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong attracted a national average audience of more than 3.5 million viewers, making it the highest rating TV sports program of 2011.
In an AFL media statement today, AFL Chief Operating Officer Gillon McLachlan said the combined audience on Network Ten across metropolitan and regional areas was 3,524,362, including more than 1.7 million viewers in Victoria.
This compared to a total national average audience of 3,176,892 viewers who watched Sunday’s NRL Grand final, including just under 1.7 million viewers in NSW.
As well as being the highest rating sports program so far in 2011, the 2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final was also the fifth highest rating TV program for the year.
“This is another outstanding result in the game’s heartland but also across New South Wales and Queensland where the average national audience was more than one million viewers,” McLachlan said.
He said the game was also broadcast to millions of viewers across 212 territories around the world, including North America, South America, Europe, North Asia (including China), South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific and New Zealand.
He said there were also 195 live Grand Final parties that registered on the Overseas AFL Grand Final Party Tracker on www.afl.com.au.
“Whether you were watching at home in Shanghai, sitting in a bar in Panama or having a party in London, people around the world were watching the AFL Grand Final,” McLachlan said.
“We are delighted with the continuing popularity of our game across Australia and overseas and I want to once again thank all Australian football supporters and all our broadcast partners, particularly Network Ten, for their support during 2011.”
“We look forward to starting a new era in broadcasting in 2012 with our partnership with Channel 7, Foxtel/Fox Sports and Telstra to broadcast more live games on more platforms and across more parts of Australia and overseas than ever before.”
The following is a list of the 212 territories across the world where the 2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final was broadcast:
ESPN AFRICA: Sub-Saharan Africa, comprising Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
AUSTRALIA NETWORK: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marianas, Melanesia comprising Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands & Vanuatu; Micronesia comprising Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati & Nauru; Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Polynesia comprising American Samoa, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue, Tuvalu, Walls & Futuna & Western Samoa; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen
EUROSPORT: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vatican City
ESPN UK: Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales), Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland
ESPN CARRIBEAN: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Sain Barthelemy, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands
ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharijah, Umm al-Quwain), Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Qatar, Syria, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya & the territories located in the areas known as the “West Bank” & “Gaza Strip”
SKY TELEVISION AND STRATOS: New Zealand
ESPN2, ESPN3 AND MHZ NETWORKS: United States of America
LISELOT GROUP: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic (Spanish language only), Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
LIVEAFL.tv: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City, Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland, Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales) & Northern Ireland, United States of America