Spinner pulls them in
CHANNELNine’s Boxing Day cricket coverage has proved a ratings hit — attracting the biggest Australian television audience in test match history.
Tuesday’s telecast of the first day of the fourth Test averaged almost 1.7 million viewers across the country and peaked at 2.27 million viewers.
The Boxing Day audience was the highest ever single day Australian audience for any Test match, beating the previous record of 1.4 million set on day three of the third Test in Perth on December 16.
The highlight of Tuesday’s play was spin king Shane Warne taking his 700th test wicket.
A crowd of 89,155 people packed the MCG for the day’s play, just short of the record for a single day of a test match.