Television’s new summer hit – AFL Women’s League

Game one of the new League on Friday night led to a lockout at the ground

Weekend coverage of the initial matches from the first season of the AFL Women’s League has delivered big audiences to TV broadcasters Seven and Fox Footy.

Game one of the new League on Friday night led to a lockout at the ground where free entry quickly filled the stadium. On Seven the match had a metro average audience of 593,000 with another 180,000 watching in regional markets.

Seven’s Saturday coverage of two matches had an average audience of 600,000 watching either one of the games with coverage on Seven and 7mate in metro and regional markets. The coverage of Western Bulldogs v Fremantle was shown on Seven in Melbourne on Saturday night where it was #2 show for the night with an average audience of 445,000.

Fox Footy enjoyed strong audience numbers too with 123,000 watching the Friday night game. Bulldogs v Fremantle on Saturday did 118,000 with the afternoon clash between Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants on 75,000.

The Sunday game between Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions did 118,000 on Fox Footy, which was the #2 show on Foxtel on Sunday despite some appalling conditions for football during most of the game.

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