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Australian Open Tennis Smashes The Big Bash in Last Nights Ratings #AusOpen #BBL03

RatingsKevin Perry

In a press release provided by Ch7 the network is celebrating it's recent ratings dominance over the competition.

Seven’s 2014 Australian Open coverage up six per cent on 2013 as the epic Federer-Murray clash peaks at 2.63 million viewers and almost triples the metro audience for Ten’s T20 Big Bash League.

Roger Federer’s stunning four-set victory over Andy Murray attracted huge audiences on Seven as the 2014 Australian Open surges towards a conclusion with world number one Rafael Nadal also prevailing in a dramatic afternoon clash.

The Federer-Murray match averaged 1.81million combined viewers, including regional areas, with a metro average of 1.37m. The combined peak hit 2.63m. 

By comparison, the first session of Ten’s coverage of the T20 Big Bash League averaged just 432,000 viewers in the 5 City Metro market.

With the entire night session of the tennis averaging 1.279m metro viewers, the result powered Seven to a massive 38.3 per cent network share, ahead of Nine with 24.8 per cent and Ten with 16.7 per cent.

The broadcast has now reached more than 12 million Australians over the first 10 days of the tournament – with the progressive audience for all telecasts on Channel 7 and 7TWO now up six per cent on 2013.

Yesterday’s coverage also featured huge audiences for Rafael Nadal who overcame gallant Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in four tight sets. Starting at 3pm, the match averaged a combined 830,000 viewers, and peaked at 1.37m.

Tonight ‘The Stanimal’ Stanislas Wawrinka takes on Czech Tomas Berdych for a spot in the Australian Open men’s final LIVE from 7pm AEDT.