Millions tune in to Socceroos quarter-final on ABC

Tim Cahill’s heroics in helping the Socceroos beat China in the Asian Cup quarter finals was seen by almost two millions Australians.

In stunning ratings figures for free-to-air network ABC, over 1.8 million people tuned in as Cahill’s superb brace on Thursday night booked Ange Postecoglou’s troops a semi-final spot.

The Socceroos will meet the winner of Friday night’s last quarter-final between Japan and UAE in Newcastle next Tuesday.


“Our live broadcast of the Quarter Final on ABC TV reached over 1.8 million Australians, and as all eyes turn to Newcastle on Tuesday, we expect support for the Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign will grow even further as we cover all the action live on ABC TV, radio and online,” Head of ABC Sport and Events Justin Holdforth said.

The ABC TV broadcast of the Quarter Final between Australia and China reached over 1.8 million people (metro + regional)

It was the number one program in Sydney in its timeslot with 220,000 viewers and an 18.9 percent share, and in Brisbane 122,000 viewers and 15.1 percent share.

The Socceroos’ group stage matches all reached over 1 million people on ABC TV.

The opening match against Kuwait reached 1.1 million Australians; the match between Australia and Oman reached 1.05 million; and the final group match where Australia lost to South Korea reached 1.04 million.

Watch all the action on Tuesday night live on ABC TV and ABC iview from 7.30pm AEDT, with live coverage also on ABC Radio and ABC Online.