Nine’s inaugural year broadcasting the all new Suncorp Super Netball competition has been a huge success, with bumper audiences tuning in to the Grand Final between the Giants Netball and Sunshine Coast Lightning.
A national peak audience of 636,000 watched as the Lightning proved too good for the Giants, winning 65 to 48.
The broadcast boasted a national average audience of 447,000 on the Nine Network – a 21% increase on the audience for last year’s Grand Final (370,000 on the Ten Network / Fox Sports simulcast) and a massive 81% increase on the free-to-air audience alone (247,000 on the Ten Network).
Across the entire season, a total of 4.732 million Australians tuned in to at least part of any match.
9Now streaming numbers also secured impressive numbers, with 7,100 live streams of the Grand Final and a total of 82,000 live streams across the series. Catch-up viewing on 9Now proved to be enormously popular, with more than 200,000 catch-up streams recorded during the season.
Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone said: “The first season of Suncorp Super Netball has been a big success with ratings up 40% on last year’s national league. A huge thank you to the players and the clubs who’ve helped drive so much interest to this new competition. Wide World of Sports is so proud to be in partnership with Netball Australia in building the best netball competition in the world, and we are very excited about the years ahead.”
Nine’s Executive Producer Netball, Keeley Devery said: “Saturday’s Grand Final of the new Suncorp Super Netball competition was all we’d hoped it would be. A sell-out crowd and the world’s best players going head to head in a brutal “Origin” style State v State, Mate v Mate show-down. It was intense from the first whistle – with the Queensland team edging out the competition, taking home the highly sought after new trophy.
We now look forward to our International matches – with the world class Diamonds taking on the likes of England, New Zealand and South Africa in the Quad Series and Constellation Cup.”
Nine also thanked principal partner, Suncorp, and major partners, Nissan, Samsung and Telstra for a successful first year joint venture.
NEVER ENOUGH NETBALL ON NINE:
• Quad Series begins August 26
• Constellation Cup begins October 5
• FAST5 begins October 28
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Monday, 19 June 2017