South Sydney’s 30-6 win over the Bulldogs was watched by the biggest NRL Grand Final television audience in history.

South Sydney delivered its first premiership in 43 years and it also delivered the Nine Network a record viewing audience for an NRL Grand Final.

The NRL Grand Final between South Sydney and Canterbury filled the first three placings on the OzTAM overnight ratings with the match drawing 2.449 million viewers to be the number one show.

The Presentation segment was watched by 2.369 million viewers and the Entertainment part of the telecast was third with 1.368 million.

However, Nine has released time-adjusted ratings which takes into account when a program runs beyond its timeslot which usually occurs with live telecasts.

According to Nine’s time-adjusted figures, the NRL Grand final had an average audience of 2.597 million which is a record.

The previous best figure was in 2005 when 2.560 million tuned in to see the West Tigers beat North Queensland.

Nine’s dominance in the ratings on Sunday diluted the viewing numbers for several shows with the Seven Network’s singing series The X Factor taking a hit.

The X Factor limped into seventh place with 874,000 viewers while the ABC’s political thriller The Code was 12th with just 477,000 viewers.

Most watched shows on Monday

1. Rugby League Grand Final (Nine) – (2.449 million)

2. Rugby League Grand Final Presentation (Nine) – 2.369 million

3. Rugby League Grand Final Entertainment (Nine) – 1.368 million

4. Nine News (Nine) – 1.322 million

5. Sunday Night (Seven) – 1.014 million

6. Seven News (Seven) – 903,000

7. The X Factor Performance (Seven) – 874,000

8. Big Brother (Nine) – 867,000

9. ABC News (ABC1) – 644,000

10. Mrs Brown’s Boys rpt (Seven) – 608,000


12. The Code (ABC1) – 477,000

* Source OzTAM