Coverage reached 4.6 million people nationally

The 2022 AFL Premiership Season opening round scored high on the Seven Network last week, reaching 4.6 million people nationally.

The Grand Final rematch between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs on Wednesday kicked off Seven’s 2022 AFL coverage, reaching 2.26 million viewers nationally.  

The epic clash peaked at 1.09 million viewers across Australia, with the match averaging 734,000 viewers, up 9% on the 2021 AFL series average.

The Thursday match between Carlton and Richmond drew 627,000 viewers nationally and peaked at 926,000, while Friday night’s St Kilda vs. Collingwood clash was watched by 665,000 people nationally and peaked at 904,000.

The Friday match was the #1 non-news program of the night, dominated its timeslot and reached 1.98 million viewers nationally. The huge numbers helped Seven win Friday night with a 51% network commercial share across Australia.

On Saturday, 421,000 people nationally tuned into Seven’s live and free coverage of Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide. It was the #1 non-news program of the night in 25 to 54s, #1 in its timeslot in all key demos and reached 1.61 million viewers nationally.

The round one matches ranked as the #1 program in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.

Seven’s coverage captured 78% of the overall TV audience for round one, including 78% of all viewers in Melbourne and 79% in Adelaide.

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