Nine’s coverage of the Suncorp Super Netball competition reached an epic conclusion yesterday with a huge audience for the Grand Final nailbiter between West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The broadcast reached 1.070 million viewers nationally on Nine as the Lightning edged out the Fever 62-59 to retain the title they won in 2017.
Across the entire season, a total of over 6.733 million viewers tuned in to at least part of any match, with a match average of 140,000 viewers – an increase of 25.9 per cent on last year. Suncorp Super Netball also increased in average-viewer numbers across all key demographics, with People 25-54 up 19.2 per cent, People 16-39 up 4.0 per cent, and TGS (Total Grocery Shopper) + Child going up 22.8 per cent.
9Now streaming also secured impressive numbers, with over 377,000 live minutes viewed of the Grand Final, up 155 per cent on last year and a total of 18 million minutes viewed across the entire netball series. Live minutes viewed more than trebled this season.
Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “The second season of Suncorp Super Netball has been a big success, with ratings up from last year’s inaugural season. After a record-breaking Preliminary Final and fantastic numbers for the Grand Final, I would like to give a huge thank you to the players and the clubs who have contributed to an incredible season – and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
Nine’s Head of Netball, Keeley Devery, said: “Sunday’s Grand Final was all we’d hoped it would be. A record crowd and the world’s best players going head-to-head in a dynamic and intense east-west showdown. It was thrilling from the first whistle, with Lightning going back-to-back and bringing the trophy home again.”
Nine also thanked principal partner, Suncorp, and major partners, Nissan, Samsung and Telstra for another successful year.
NEVER ENOUGH NETBALL ON NINE:
• Quad Series between Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa begins September 15
• Constellation Cup between Australia and New Zealand begins October 7
• FAST5 Netball World Series begins October 27