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Howzat for a Test summer!

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11.72 million salute Aussie victory on Seven

Australia got behind Pat Cummins’ triumphant Test team this summer, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the 2021-22 Australia-England Ashes series reaching 11.72 million people nationally and an average peak of 1.47 million each day.

The Aussies capped off a dominant 4-0 series victory when they obliterated England’s fragile batting line-up in an exhilarating day three of the fifth Test in Hobart yesterday, with Seven’s coverage of the Fifth Test reaching 6.9 million Australians and peaking at 1.58 million.

Seven’s day three coverage reached 4.8 million viewers nationally and peaked at 1.7 million people. The second session had 1.28 million viewers nationally, while 1.2 million tuned in for the third session and 1.17 million for the first session. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

Seven delivered 77% of the Ashes broadcast audience across the five-Test series, while the national audience was up 2% on the 2017-18 series between Australia and England on home soil.

There is still plenty to look forward to in Seven’s Summer of Cricket. Australia’s world-beating women’s team squares off against traditional rivals England in the Women’s Ashes series starting this Thursday, 20 January.

And all the explosive action of the Big Bash League continues in the lead-up to the five-game finals series that kicks off on Friday, 21 January.

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Australia turns up the heat

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Seven’s Adelaide Test day one reaches 4.03 million

Australians flocked to the Seven Network yesterday for day one of the Second Test, with the live and free coverage reaching 4.03 million people and peaking at 1.43 million.

With the Aussies well on top by stumps with 2-221 following gutsy performances at the crease by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne, Seven recorded an average audience of 1.15 million viewers nationally for yesterday’s third session and 787,000 in the capital cities.

The second session had 858,000 viewers nationally and 583,000 in the capital cities, while 650,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the first session and 426,000 in the capital cities. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people. Seven delivered 75% of the Ashes broadcast audience across the capital cities and regional markets on a frustrating first day for the Poms, with Seven recording a capital-city share of 48.3% in total people and 46.4% in 25 to 54s from 6pm to midnight.

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First Test a smash hit on Seven

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Aussie annihilation reaches 5.56 million

Australia’s emphatic victory over England in the first Ashes showdown was box-office viewing, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the four days’ play at the Gabba reaching 5.56 million people and peaking at 1.1 million.

As England’s hopes were dashed by Australia’s bowling prowess in a series of quick wickets early on day four, Seven’s coverage reached 3.3 million Australians nationally and peaked at 1.17 million.

The first session yesterday had 716,000 viewers nationally and 487,000 in the capital cities, while 600,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the second session and 402,000 in the capital cities. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The Seven Network delivered 78% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Saturday across the capital cities and regional as Australia toppled England by nine wickets to lead 1-0 in the five-match series, with Channel 7 up 154% year-on-year in total people and up 237% in 25 to 54s during day time.

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Aussies put Poms on the ropes on Seven

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Gabba Test day two reaches 2.82 million

Man of the moment Travis Head scored his first Ashes century on day two of the First Test at the Gabba yesterday to put Australia on the path to victory with a commanding 196-run lead, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage reaching 2.82 million people and session three peaking at 1.36 million.

As the home team dominated at the crease to finish day two with a first innings total of 7/343, the third session delivered 954,000 viewers nationally and 639,000 in the capital cities.

The second session had 695,000 viewers nationally and 463,000 in the capital cities, while 556,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the first session and 369,000 in the capitals. All sessions dominated their timeslots ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The Seven Network delivered 77% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Thursday across the capital cities and regional, with Channel 7 up 147% year-on-year in total people and up 173% in 25 to 54s during day time.

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Test summer off to a dream start on Seven

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Day one of First Test reaches 2.87 million

The highly-anticipated battle for the Ashes exploded into life at the Gabba yesterday, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage reaching 2.87 million people and peaking at 1.74 million.

On an historic opening day when aggressive spells led by Aussie quicks Patrick Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood reduced England to their lowest Test score (147) on day one of an Ashes series for 63 years, the second session delivered 686,000 viewers nationally and 459,000 in the capital cities.

The first session had 586,000 viewers nationally and 386,000 in the capital cities. All sessions dominated their timeslots ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The Seven Network delivered 75% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Wednesday across the capital cities, with Channel 7 up 98% year-on-year in total people during day time.

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Seven’s massive week of sport

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Bathurst 1000 from 10.30am Friday, BBL starts Sunday, The Ashes start Wednesday

Australia, start your engines, because one of the best-ever weeks of live and free sport awaits on the Seven Network, starting this Friday when our nation’s greatest motorsport event, the Repco Bathurst 1000, roars into action.

The Bathurst 1000 is the jewel in the crown of the world’s premier touring car championship, Supercars, and Seven will bring fans three full days of high-octane action from Mount Panorama.

Seven’s live and free coverage starts at 10.30am AEDT Friday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, and will feature the first twilight finish in Bathurst 1000 history, with the iconic 161-lap race set to come to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday evening. Seven’s broadcast of the all-important final day at Mount Panorama starts at 8.30am AEDT Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The Bathurst 1000 is just the start of Sunday’s unmissable sporting action on Seven. Not long after the chequered flag has come down at Mount Panorama, an epic new season of Big Bash League will kick off, when the competition’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, take on bitter rivals Melbourne Stars at 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Three days later, Test cricket’s most revered contest, the Ashes, begins when the game’s oldest rivals, Australia and England, renew hostilities on day one of the much-anticipated First Test at the Gabba. Seven’s coverage begins at 10.00am AEDT next Wednesday, 8 December, on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The Repco Supercars Championship has been building all year to this week at Australian motorsport’s spiritual home, Mount Panorama, where recently crowned 2021 champion Shane van Gisbergen will look to cap a brilliant season with a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 victory alongside co-driver Garth Tander.

This Sunday, for the very first time on a free-to-air broadcast of the Bathurst 1000, fans in the capital cities won’t miss a second of the great race as Seven’s coverage continues uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Seven’s Bathurst coverage will be led by a star-studded commentary team featuring two of Australia’s premier sport broadcasters, Mark Beretta and Abbey Gelmi, along with rising star Jack Perkins, who will provide expert comments in between competing in the Bathurst 1000 alongside co-driver Will Brown.

Highly respected motorsport journalist Chris Stubbs will have all the latest from Pit Lane, while fan favourites Brad Hodge and Emma Freedman will bring viewers all the colour, excitement and atmosphere from Mount Panorama.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife will also be part of the telecast, while the ever-popular Mark Larkham will report from Pit Lane.

It’s already been a massive year of sport on Seven, but this week should be the biggest yet.

The Bathurst 1000 is without question the pinnacle of Australian motorsport and Seven will bring fans all the very best action from Mount Panorama across three full days of adrenaline-charged live and free racing, starting from this Friday.

When Supercars’ thrilling 2021 season finishes on Sunday evening, the Summer of Cricket takes over straight away. An electrifying new season of BBL kicks off on Sunday night with a blockbuster Sixers v. Stars clash, then Test cricket’s ultimate contest, the Ashes, gets underway next Wednesday at the Gabba. Strap yourself in now because this is just the start of the hottest summer ever on Seven.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Seven’s invincible all-star cricket team

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The Ashes and BBL live and free on Your Home of Cricket

In keeping with a 2021-22 Summer of Cricket that promises to be the greatest ever, the Seven Network has unveiled the most star-studded commentary team ever assembled, a line-up brimming with internationally acclaimed icons, on and off the field.

With Test cricket’s greatest rivalry, Australia v. England, set to take centre stage this summer, two of the most celebrated figures in Ashes’ history – legendary England all-rounder Lord Ian Botham and Australia’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, Ricky Ponting – will lead the live and free coverage on Seven.

Lord Botham is not the only globally renowned Englishman joining Seven this season. Also adding a distinctively British flavour to the coverage will be much-loved actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, 2019 Ashes fast-bowling hero Jofra Archer, ex-Test player and leading commentator David “Bumble” Lloyd, and charismatic former star off-spinner Graeme Swann.

Across an action-packed summer when an electrifying new Big Bash League season will also have fans on the edge of their seats, these big names are just the start of Seven’s formidable on-air line-up.

A who’s who of former on-field stars and fan favourites will also return to cricket’s #1 team in 2021-22, including Damien Fleming, Simon Katich, Mel McLaughlin, James Brayshaw, Lisa Sthalekar, Greg Blewett, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Trent Copeland, Tim Lane, Alison Mitchell, Callum Ferguson, Abbey Gelmi, Jason Richardson, Andy Maher, Alister Nicholson and Erin Holland. 

They will be joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel, while current Big Bash stars Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Andre Russell and Ashton Agar will be regulars on Seven’s live and free BBL coverage.

With a Test rivalry dating back to 1877, cricket’s oldest foes, Australia and England, have produced some of sport’s most memorable moments in their eternal battle for the treasured Ashes urn.

This summer, fans can look forward to more unforgettable Ashes action as the Aussies square off with England over a full five-match Test series, live and free on Seven.

From the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on 8 December, Lord Botham will be part of cricket’s premier commentary team for all five Ashes Tests, as will the game’s most astute commentator, Ponting.

Three days before the Test series begins, a new season of the Big Bash League kicks off on Seven – and it promises to be the best yet.

BBL 11 will start with a bang next Sunday, 5 December, on a blockbuster day of live and free sport that also includes the Repco Bathurst 1000. Soon after Seven’s coverage of Australian motorsport’s biggest race winds up, reigning BBL champions Sydney Sixers will take on their fiercest rivals, Melbourne Stars, at the SCG from 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

This epic season-opener launches six straight nights of BBL on Seven, each one featuring a prime-time blockbuster.

Across the 2021-22 summer, fans will again enjoy 45 games live and free on Seven, including all five finals.

On 18 days of the season, live and free BBL matches will follow stumps in the Ashes series, including five mega days featuring back-to-back Big Bash clashes on top of a full day’s play in the Australia v. England Test showdown.

The regular season BBL fixture concludes at the earlier date of 19 January, with the finals series beginning on Friday, 21 January, with the BBL 11 champions crowned in the all-important Final on Friday, 28 January.

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