1.173 million people tuned in for the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday night, where Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth Australian Open championship, beating Russian Daniil Medvedev.
It was Djokovic’s third consecutive Australian Open win, and he will break the record for most weeks spent as world number one next month.
The end of the final, though, was disrupted by fans booing at the mention of a COVID-19 vaccine. Jane Hrdlicka, Tennis Australia Chair had her speech interrupted when she said, “with vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world, it’s now a time for optimism and hope for the future.”
This year’s final saw a decrease in numbers from last year, where Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem to 1.524 million viewers. The tennis has also dropped in viewership by twenty-three per cent year on year.
The Australian Open clearly dominated Sunday night’s programming. According to Oztam, Seven News was the second most watched at 977,000 viewers, followed by Nine News with a sharp drop to 792,000 and ABC News with 627,000.
For other entertainment, 10’s The Amazing Race Australia came top with 523,000 viewers, beating Seven’s Holey Moley at 498,000.
Aside from the news, ABC’s best-performing show was Grand Designs New Zealand with 438,000 viewers. Other highlights included Harrow with 419,000, Silent Witness with 256,000, Insiders with 245,000, and Landline with 194,000.
10 had 288,000 viewers for 10 News First and 280,000 for The Sunday Project.
Nine also snuck on to the top twenty most watched programs with something other than news or tennis – Territory Cops, which had 243,000 viewers.
The rest of Seven’s night saw Weekend Sunrise and Seven News At 5 both with 239,000 viewers and film John Wick: Chapter 2 with 236,000.
SBS’s best performing show was SBS World News with 172,000 viewers, followed by I Am Jackie O with 157,000.
The Nine network had thirty-five per cent of the daily share, followed by Seven (all channels) with twenty-three per cent. Network 10 had eighteen per cent of the share, followed by the ABC with eleven per cent. The SBS secured seven per cent.
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