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Supercars return home in triumph

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Bathurst 500 up 28% from 2020

Seven captures 80% of all TV viewers

The Seven Network’s multi-platform coverage of the Supercars Repco Mount Panorama 500 in Bathurst on the weekend was a big winner with sports fans around the country.

The return of Supercars to its natural home on Channel 7 and 7mate reached 2.34 million Australians across Saturday and Sunday.

Seven’s average TV audience was up 28% on the opening round of the Supercars Championship last year. 

In addition to the huge broadcast audience, the ad-free live-streamed coverage of the race on 7plus – Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform – was a hit. More than four million minutes were streamed across the weekend, including 978,000 for yesterday’s race.

Eighty per cent of all TV viewers for Supercars on Saturday and Sunday tuned into Seven, and Seven had 296% more viewers than pay TV across the weekend*.

On Sunday, an average of 540,000 people nationally tuned in to watch Shane van Gisbergen complete a clean sweep of the weekend with a dominant victory in Race 2.

In the capital cities, yesterday’s race drew 290,000 viewers and was #1 in its timeslot among 25 to 54s, men 25 to 54 and total people.

The Saturday race recorded 520,000 viewers nationally and 286,000 in the capital cities, ranking #1 in its timeslot.

Audience highlights, Sunday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.72 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 2: 540,000
    • • Up 12% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • #5 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #9 in 25 to 54s
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 2: 290,000
    • • Up 6% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 2: 249,000
    • • Up 19% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people for race 2

Audience highlights, Saturday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.64 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 1: 520,000
    • • Up 34% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • #1 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #4 in 25 to 54s, #9 in total people
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 1: 286,000
    • • Up 28% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 1: 234,000
    • • Up 43% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people
  • for race 1

The Repco Mount Panorama 500 was the first of six blockbuster Supercars events on Seven and 7plus in 2021. The rest of the year will bring:

  • • Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, 19-20 June
  • • NTI Townsville, Reid Park Street Circuit, 10-11 July
  • • Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, 21-22 August
  • • Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, 8-10 October
  • • Season finale: Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, 4-5 December

Highlights from the other races of the 2021 Supercars Championship will be replayed on Seven and 7plus the same day of the race.

*Foxtel and Foxtel Go only as Kayo numbers are not officially measured
Source: OzTAM (Metro FTA, National STV and BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg markets, incl WA). Round 1 2021 v Round 1 2020.

Seven’s Supercars team revs up

By 7SPORT

Mark Beretta headlines live and free coverage

Motorsport fans will be the big winners in 2021 after the Seven Network today unveiled a fresh and exciting new commentary team for this year’s Supercars Championship.

Leading sports broadcaster Mark Beretta will headline Seven’s live and free motorsport coverage this year, as the network makes its long-awaited return to Supercars, starting with the Mount Panorama 500 at Bathurst on 27-28 February.

Co-hosting Seven’s coverage at Bathurst will be Abbey Gelmi, making her Supercars debut after playing a key role in the network’s sport coverage in recent years.

The other fresh faces Seven will unveil at Bathurst include:

  • • Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor, who will work alongside fan favourite Mark Larkham in pit lane
  • • Long-time Supercars driver Jack Perkins – son of motorsport legend Larry Perkins – who will provide expert commentary
  • • Australian cricket great and motorsport lover Brad Hodge, who will bring fans all the colour, excitement and characters at Mount Panorama

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander will also be part of the coverage, along with Charli Robinson.

We’re counting down the days until the world’s greatest touring car championship returns to where it belongs, on Seven and 7plus.

We are rapt to bring all Australians the passion, intensity, chaos and sheer excitement of V8 racing, with a fresh new commentary team that will give our new era of motorsport coverage a dynamic edge.

There’s no better way to get things started than at Bathurst, the spiritual home of Australian motorsport.

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

The Mount Panorama 500 is the first of six races in 2021 that will be broadcast live and free on Seven and live-streamed on 7plus. The season’s highlight comes in October when Supercars returns to Mount Panorama for the iconic Bathurst 1000.

Highlights from the other races of the Supercars Championship will be replayed on Seven and 7plus the same day of the race.

Supercars returns to Seven from 27 February
Mount Panorama 500 on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus

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Bring on Beijing 2022!

By Olympics

The countdown is on for Tokyo but it’s also less than a year to go until the Winter Olympic Games. Sunrise spoke with Aussie athletes ahead of their preparation for the competition.


Interview with Sami Kennedy-Sim
Australian Olympic Skier


Interview with Scotty James
Australian Snowboarder

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7plus hits Super Bowl live-streaming record

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Super Bowl LV beats tennis

Sports fans flocked to witness NFL legend Tom Brady claim a record seventh Super Bowl ring yesterday, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of Super Bowl LV reaching 1.5 million people nationally.

Seven’s full coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, which included the halftime show headlined by The Weeknd, reached 1.07 million viewers in the capital cities.

7plus’ live stream of America’s biggest sporting event smashed the Super Bowl record, recording 7.7 million minutes, up 29% on last year’s previous highest figure. It was the #1 live streamed program yesterday.

An average capital city audience of 279,000 tuned in across Seven’s coverage of the match, up 5% on last year’s Super Bowl audience and 34% more people than the audience for Nine’s coverage of the day session of the Australian Open. Nationally, Seven’s coverage drew 383,000 viewers, or 29% more than the Australian Open.

Source: Source: OzTAM (Metro Broadcast, National BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). 8 Feb, 2021. Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers v Chiefs. Average audience. Network National Reach Estimate based on Metro + Regional for minimum of 1 consecutive seconds of program viewed on Seven Network. Live Streaming Minutes 2020 & 2021 includes co-viewing, 2018 & 2019 excludes co-viewing. Data: Overnight (Preliminary 8/2/2021)

Cricket on 7

Unbelievable India in Test series for the ages

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

2020-21 Test coverage reaches 10.8 million

In one of the greatest victories in Test history, India has ended Australia’s 33-year unbeaten streak at the Gabba to win the series 2-1 and take home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the last day of the Fourth Test reaching 3.68 million people and peaking at 1.8 million.

Seven’s coverage of the entire 2020-21 Australia-India Test series reached 10.8 million, with all five days’ play at the Gabba reaching 6.35 million people and peaking at 1.7 million.

As an injury-depleted India fearlessly defied Australia’s star-studded attack to chase down a history-making target of 328 on a tense final day, Seven recorded an average audience of 1.12 million viewers nationally for the third session and 735,000 in the capital cities. All three sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The total average national audience across the Fourth Test was 727,000 viewers, up 11% on the 2018-19 SCG Test between Australia and India, while the capital city audience was 491,000, up 10%.

BBL blockbuster on Channel 7 and 7mate
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, 7.00pm AEDT

The BBL action continues on Seven at 7.00pm AEDT tonight, when the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars face off in a crucial clash at Marvel Stadium.

Source: OzTAM (Metro) and RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Network National Reach estimate based on a minimum of 1 minute of Seven’s Cricket Test viewed. Peak minute audience: Metro + Regional. Dominated timeslot in metro markets. Source: OzTAM (Metro), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Comparison to 2018/19 Aus v India Test average national audience on Seven Network. Day 5 includes overrun on Seven to 6.40pm. Data: Overnight (Prelim D5 2021).

Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Legendary trio dissect Summer of Cricket

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Join three of cricket’s all-time greats – Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara – as they discuss all of the game’s burning issues in a fascinating discussion ahead of a spectacular Summer of Cricket on the Seven Network.

Having recently signed with Seven’s #1 cricket team, Gavaskar and Lara joined the game’s best commentator, Ponting, for a wide-ranging conversation centred around this summer’s four-match Australia-India Test series and BBL 10, which blasts off this Thursday at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

It’s a rare audience with three of the game’s biggest legends that no cricket fan will want to miss – live now @7Cricket.

Seven’s Summer of Cricket

BBL 10
Kicks off 10 December

The season opens on 10 December when the Hobart Hurricanes take on the BBL’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, at Blundstone Arena, at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

This is the first of eight live and free games in seven days as the new BBL season explodes from the blocks on Seven.

Australia v India Test series
First Test, Adelaide Oval 17-21 December

The much-anticipated battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy begins with the First Test at Adelaide Oval next Thursday, 17 December, at 2.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

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Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Australian sport’s biggest night is on Seven

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame on 7mate and 7plus

For the first time ever, fans will enjoy all the excitement and emotion of Australian sport’s most prestigious event when the Seven Network broadcasts the 2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame induction night this Friday.

Hamish McLachlan will host a special 90-minute broadcast on 7mate from 7.00pm, when seven beloved Aussie heroes will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, joining an honour roll that includes national treasures Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliott, Cathy Freeman, Rod Laver, Raelene Boyle, Dennis Lillee and Susie O’Neill.

One existing Hall of Fame member will also be elevated to Legend status, while the individual or team that most inspired Australians in 2020 will receive The Don Award, whose past winners are Michelle Payne, Jeff Horn, Kurt Fearnley and Ash Barty.

This year’s celebration will be a virtual event, featuring revealing in-depth interviews with each inductee and award winner, while Hall of Fame members and sports media icons Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti also play key parts in Seven’s broadcast.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame night is a truly special event no fan will want to miss. You’ll get goosebumps seeing just how much it means to our greatest superstars to be inducted into Australia’s most exclusive club. We’re rapt to be bringing it to viewers for the very first time.

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

2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Starts 7.00pm Friday on 7mate and 7plus

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Cricket on 7

January Cricket Schedule

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

January Week 1

Sunday Jan 3
BBL Game 26: Adelaide v Sydney Sixers

Monday Jan 4
BBL Game 27: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 5
BBL Game 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers

Wednesday Jan 6
BBL Game 30: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 7
New Year Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 31: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder
BBL Game 32: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Friday Jan 8
New Year Test – Day 2: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 9
New Year Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 34: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder

January Week 2

Sunday Jan 10
New Year Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 35: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat

Monday Jan 11
New Year Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 36: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars

Tuesday Jan 12
BBL Game 37: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes

Wednesday Jan 13
BBL Game 38: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 14
BBL Game 39: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades

Friday Jan 15
4th Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 40: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers

Saturday Jan 16
4th Test – Day 2: Australia v India

January Week 3

Sunday Jan 17
4th Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 42: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades

Monday Jan 18
4th Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 43: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes

Tuesday Jan 19
4th Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 44: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Wednesday Jan 20
BBL Game 45: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Thursday Jan 21
BBL Game 46: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Friday Jan 22
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 1: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 23
BBL Game 50: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers

January Week 4

Sunday Jan 24
BBL Game 52: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes

Monday Jan 25
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 2: Australia v India
BBL Game 53: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 26
BBL Game 55: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
BBL Game 56: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 28
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 3: Australia v India

Friday Jan 29
BBL FINALS – The Eliminator: 4th v 5th

Saturday Jan 30
BBL FINALS – The Qualifier: 1st v 2nd

Sunday Jan 31
BBL FINALS – The Knockout: 3rd v Winner of The Eliminator

Surf’s up on Seven and 7plus

By SEVEN, SPORT

Seven extends partnership with World Surf League

The world’s best surfers will continue to thrill fans live and free on the Seven Network, with the network extending its partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing’s biggest and most iconic events.

In a massive coup for surfing lovers, all of the WSL’s live contests and highlights shows across the 2021 season will be broadcast across the Seven Network and live-streamed on 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform.

Seven’s coverage will include every event of the world’s premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, Big Wave at Large and Longboard Tour.

There’s no cooler or more captivating sport than surfing so we’re rapt to continue our partnership with the World Surf League. We can’t wait to bring fans the world’s very best surfers competing in the world’s most prestigious events over the next year – all of it live and free on Seven and 7plus.

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

The elite shortboard action gets underway on 4 December when the WSL Championship Tour makes its long-awaited return after a 10-month hiatus with the women’s Maui Pro. Reigning world champion Carissa Moore, former Aussie world champs Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright, and American prodigy Caroline Marks will headline a stellar field.

Richmond win the 2020 AFL Grand Final

7.5 million tune into 2020 AFL Grand Final

By SEVEN
Richmond win the 2020 AFL Grand Final
Dustin Martin with Richmond teammates as they win the 2020 AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final audience peaked at 4.09 million nationally

Biggest TV event of 2020

Seven scores biggest metro commercial share ever recorded – 76%

Biggest commercial share since Sydney 2000

As Richmond secured an unforgettable 31-point win over Geelong in the 2020 AFL Grand Final, Seven’s coverage reached 7.5 million people across Australia, while its average national audience of 3.812 million was 30 per cent upyear on year and the biggest Grand Final audience since 2016.

On a night when Dustin Martin became the first player to win three Norm Smith Medals, Seven recorded an average metro audience of 2.979 million, a whopping 36 per cent up year on year. It was also the biggest metro primetime audience on any network since Seven’s coverage of the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Final.

Seven also recorded a 76 per cent metro commercial share, the biggest ever recorded.

And on the first occasion the Grand Final had ever been held outside Victoria, Melbourne recorded a Grand Final audience of 1.583 million, up a staggering 59.8 per cent on last year’s Grand Final.

The AFL’s first ever night Grand Final saw strong audience growth right across the day on Seven, with the Grand Final Preview up 64.4 per cent year on year in metro areas, while the pre-match entertainment was up 92.3 per cent.

On a day when two of the Australia’s greatest ever sporting events – the AFL Grand Final and the Cox Plate – converged for the first time ever, Seven recorded its highest live streaming day (24 million minutes) since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while it was Seven’s second highest total streaming day of all time (40.8 million minutes).

Seven’s coverage of the 100th running of the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and Bondi Stakes Day at Randwick was also a smash hit with viewers. The Cox Plate race averaged 600,000 nationally and 436,000 in metro areas, up 64.7 per cent and 86.6 per cent respectively year on year, while the coverage across the entire day was up 40.1 per cent nationally and 56.5 per cent in metro areas.

On 7plus, the AFL Grand Final recorded nearly 16 million streaming minutes and was up a remarkable 215 per cent year on year.

And every market’s average audience was up on last year’s Grand Final between Richmond and the GWS Giants.

In Brisbane, Seven’s audience of 383,000 was the biggest since the 2004 Grand Final between the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide and was up 20.7 per cent year on year.

The network’s average Sydney audience of 413,000 was up 11 per cent on last year’s Grand Final even though that featured the GWS Giants.

Rounding out a landmark night for Seven, Adelaide (265,000) was up 14.3 per cent and Perth (335,000) was up 17.3 per cent.

On a truly groundbreaking day, the highlights of Seven’s coverage included:

  • The spine-tingling opener to the Grand Final broadcast featuring Luke Hodge, which was fully integrated into the Gabba via the stadium’s big screen
  • The interactive analysis during the Grand Final preview that saw Cameron Ling step ‘inside the screen’ to demonstrate how Richmond could counter-act Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins’ influence at forward-50 ball-ups
  • Fans at home becoming part of the Grand Final like never before via a giant Toyota Fan Zone
  • Brian Taylor’s feel-good interview with Chris Maroni,the winner of the Toyota Finals Feelingcompetition and the proud owner of a brand new Toyota Hilux Rugged X
  • From the MCG, NAB AFL Auskicker Zev Roitman shared his infectious love of the game with Hamish McLachlan, before Mike Brady gave a rousing pre-game performance of Up There Cazaly
  • At Moonee Valley, Hugh Bowman set the scene for the historic 100th running of the Cox Plate with a stirring opener that looked back at some of the equine immortals who have won Australasia’s weight for age championship
  • Hamish McLachlan’s heartfelt tribute to the stars of the Spring Racing Carnival – the horses – and the incredible connection they have with racing fans
  • AND last but certainly not least Aussie rock legend Daryl Braithwaite’s inspired performance of The Horses that had fans at home singing along with the same gusto normally seen in the packed grandstands at Moonee Valley.
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