Theres huge share and then theres the biggest network and channel shares ever recorded by OZtam in prime time.For me, numbers are the more meaningful and way more important measure and, though they were good, they did not beat 2016. Others have said the same thing(Caroline Wilson).
share is great. fantastic. but shows like this always get a huge share. The NRL got 50% prime time share last night. . The aus open in 2017 got 55% for its 2.6 mil(which went 4 hours, despite having the season premiere of a celebrity show on another channel for 1.1m).
The overall numbers are smaller for day time television, soi while the audience share is bigger, networks still prefer night time - which is why when Seven dumped broadcast games, they were saturday afternoons first, sunday afternoons second.I mean, I know it is a prime time(6-12) measure and that is important for the big wigs, but a Saturday afternoon final would also dominate audience share, perhaps even more. (yes, 91.2% for 2016 for its timeslot*)
Ok they didnt beat 2016 - although they did beat it in every metro market except Adelaide, but i mean its all Lockdown lockdown lockdown right? - and fell just 61,000 short of the mark without the well wishers hoping on the doggies.
2020 had a bigger reach audience - the 2016 grand final had 6.5m to the 2020 Grand finals 7.5m, but lower peak audience (4.01 to 5.6)