The regular seasons of the NRL and AFL are over for another year and they’ve been a hit with Telstra customers who streamed more live matches on their mobile devices than ever before.
And while we won’t know the teams who win the premierships for another week and half, Telstra can share some interesting stats from the 2016 season including the most watched games, the most watched plays and the most popular teams in each code.
Telstra customers, as part of their mobile plans, can choose to stream either AFL and NRL for the season for free and data free as well.
Here are the stats:
Most watched play of 2016: Hawthorn v St Kilda ANZAC Weekend (267K live streams around 4pm)
Most popular game of 2016: Fremantle v Carlton (unique audience of 56,153 / maximum concurrent audience of 27,655)
Australia’s most popular team: Carlton (Average unique audience of 34k per match)
The game Australia couldn’t stop watching: Carlton v Geelong (2.14 million minutes watched / averaging 43.1 mins per unique audience member)
Fastest growing audience of 2016: GWS Giants, Carlton, Sydney Swans (GWS average unique audience of 33k per match, Carlton average unique audience of 34k per match, Sydney average unique audience of 30k per match)
Most watched play of 2016: Golden Point Match: Cronulla v Titans (29k concurrent users)
Most popular game of 2016: Sharks v Titans (59k unique viewers, 29k concurrent users)
Australia’s most popular team: Cronulla Sharks (three of the top five games of the year – based on digital pass audience)
The game Australia couldn’t stop watching: Battle for the Minor Premiership: Storm v Cowboys (1.8million minutes watched/ 35.9 mins per unique audience member)
Fastest growing audience of 2016: Sharks, Raiders, Titans.
Total hours streamed on NRL Live app: 2,091,663
Golden point remains a popular part of NRL matches to break a deadlock on extra time and this is confirmed by the increase in streams.