grand finals are going to be night from now on

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kranky al

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As Richmond secured an unforgettable 31-point win over Geelong in the 2020 AFL grand final, Seven’s coverage reached 7.5 million people across Australia, while its average national audience of 3.812 million was 30 per cent up year on year and the biggest grand final audience since 2016.
On a night when Dustin Martin became the first player to win three Norm Smith Medals, Seven recorded an average metro audience of 2.979 million, a whopping 36 per cent up year on year. It was also the biggest metro primetime audience on any network since Seven’s coverage of the 2017 Australian Open men’s final.
Seven also recorded a 76 per cent metro commercial share, the biggest ever recorded.


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given this i cant see it not happening


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Can't see any reason why Melb metro numbers might have been better. Add in the State being in lockdown and more people home, there is probably a perfectly reasonably explanation.

But also, night games suck. Go twilight if worried, but gee it was a boring lead up.
 

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Can't see any reason why Melb metro numbers might have been better. Add in the State being in lockdown and more people home, there is probably a perfectly reasonably explanation.

But also, night games suck. Go twilight if worried, but gee it was a boring lead up.
Really? Explain why the prelims are on during the night? Explain why every major event game is either a thursday or friday night game? Night games are better for AFL. It's really that simple.
 

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Really? Explain why the prelims are on during the night? Explain why every major event game is either a thursday or friday night game? Night games are better for AFL. It's really that simple.

They may be better commercially, but the standard is generally better during the day. From my selfish point of view, I enjoy waking up and having a few hours to get excited then the game and the night to enjoy it.

Sitting around all day getting nervous is no fun at all.
 

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They may be better commercially, but the standard is generally better during the day. From my selfish point of view, I enjoy waking up and having a few hours to get excited then the game and the night to enjoy it.

Sitting around all day getting nervous is no fun at all.
agree with this - its a killer waiting all morning for the granny - adding hours to it would be agonising

how did you cats and tigs fans feel about it?
 

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They may be better commercially, but the standard is generally better during the day. From my selfish point of view, I enjoy waking up and having a few hours to get excited then the game and the night to enjoy it.

Sitting around all day getting nervous is no fun at all.
The objective quality of the game isn't dependant on its timeslot. Look at last year's grand final. It was a snoozefest while this years was a far more enjoyable game. I personally believe a twilight grand final is the perfect compromise, but people need to realise that it's the 21st century. We're also in a covid enviroment where the league needs as much money as possible. If Channel 7 pays more for a night grand final, and if the ratings are better during the night, and if the quality is the same (if not better), then where is the downside?
 

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Really? Explain why the prelims are on during the night? Explain why every major event game is either a thursday or friday night game? Night games are better for AFL. It's really that simple.
Well put the Grand Final on a Thursday night if it’s that simple. More people will watch again.
We have a public holiday on the Friday here. Can celebrate the whole weekend.

Sounds great to you doesn’t it?
 

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As Richmond secured an unforgettable 31-point win over Geelong in the 2020 AFL grand final, Seven’s coverage reached 7.5 million people across Australia, while its average national audience of 3.812 million was 30 per cent up year on year and the biggest grand final audience since 2016.
On a night when Dustin Martin became the first player to win three Norm Smith Medals, Seven recorded an average metro audience of 2.979 million, a whopping 36 per cent up year on year. It was also the biggest metro primetime audience on any network since Seven’s coverage of the 2017 Australian Open men’s final.
Seven also recorded a 76 per cent metro commercial share, the biggest ever recorded.


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given this i cant see it not happening


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was always going to happen

will be night from now on

all good
 

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100% it will happen.

Which I vehemently disagreed with. Of course it was going to rate its socks off when the entire heartland of footy is locked down.

The experience of the day wasn't as good and added nothing to the spectacle.

As usual the AFL will go ratings over fans though.
 

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Of course. All the boomers would be asleep by 8, so I would have no issue with that.
Thursday night would be a bloody disgrace but with your reasoning of ratings and the look, than the game shouldn’t be Saturday at all.

The game obviously is more than just ratings and pretty lights. People who argue for a night grand final cannot also argue for a Saturday night.
 

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Thursday night would be a bloody disgrace but with your reasoning of ratings and the look, than the game shouldn’t be Saturday at all.

The game obviously is more than just ratings and pretty lights. People who argue for a night grand final cannot also argue for a Saturday night.
I said I would prefer the game to be a twilight grand final, but can understand the decision to move it to prime-time.
 

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100% it will happen.

Which I vehemently disagreed with. Of course it was going to rate its socks off when the entire heartland of footy is locked down.

The experience of the day wasn't as good and added nothing to the spectacle.

As usual the AFL will go ratings over fans though.
Of course ratings and revenue is going to win out.

the grand final is going to sell out be it whenever it is played. So using the fans as an excuse is silly. This will allow for more fans to watch in the west. Better time slot for overseas as it will be played Saturday morning decent time
In America as opposed to 2-3am.

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I would do is start at like 7.10 and have a 30 min half time break
 

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In 2018, I had 15 people over at my house watching the game, this year it was just me watching. Would I count as a rating point in both scenarios?

In Melbourne, there would have been far more TV sets tuned into the game - it doesn't necessarily mean there were more viewers.
 

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Doesn't look or feel anywhere near as good though. Hope it goes back to day.
 

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Ratings have been up all year due to shorter games and the largest market being in their own homes all year.

‘Up 33% on last year’
But last year was the lowest rating GF for years
2020 - 3.8mil
2019 - 2.9mil
2018 - 3.4mil
2017 - 3.5mil
2016 - 4.1mil
2015 - 3.5mil
2014 - 3.7mil

It fits right in with the rest.
 

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