The Ashes reinforces cricket as Australia's favourite sport

The 1st Test reached an incredible 9.35 million combined viewers across GEM and Fox Sports. The first session on day two averaged 720,000 viewers nationally on GEM making it the highest audience on a secondary digital platform ever.

updated: July 16, 2013 11:52 IST
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Melbourne: The response of the Australian public to the first Ashes Test reinforces the game’s popularity in Australia, according to Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland.

“While we didn’t get the on-field result that we all wanted last night, the response to the performances of the team at Trent Bridge was overwhelming," said Sutherland.

“The first Test delivered record numbers on CA’s digital platforms, extremely strong ratings for the Nine Network, while ABC Radio reported an overwhelming reaction to its comprehensive digital and ball-by-ball coverage," he said.

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