Last week’s NRL game between Penrith and Brisbane was the highest rating Friday night match of all-time on Fox Sports.
313,000 people watched the game through Foxtel but when streaming and Kayo figures are added, a total viewership of 552,000 was recorded.
Never before has a subscription game in the regular season rated that highly.
It contributed to Fox Sports’ most watched opening round in history.
In addition to the Fox audience, an additional 389,000 metropolitan viewers watched the free-to-air broadcast on Channel Nine.
“It’s great endorsement of what our Fox Sports team are doing to bring the magic of this sport to the screen of millions of Australians every single week,” said Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany.
“We will keep changing the game together with the NRL, and there is no doubt this season is only going to get bigger.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.