The Third Ashes Test commences Thursday August 22nd at 7.30pm AEST, live and exclusive and in HD on Nine and 9GEM and streamed live on 9Now.
The action shifts to Headingley following a dramatic Second Test at Lord’s which saw Jofra Archer wreak havoc for England on his Test debut, taking five wickets and hitting Steve Smith with a worrying bouncer, which will ultimately see the in-form star miss the Third Test following his stunning batting heroics thus far in the series.
As the current holder of the Ashes, Australia is only one Test victory away from securing for their first series win in England since 2001, but without Smith they will need top order batsmen David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja to step up and deliver some big numbers.
Hosting Nine’s coverage will be Australian sporting legend Todd Woodbridge, alongside former Australian men’s captain Mark Taylor, former Australian women’s star Mel Jones, Aussie wicket-keeping great Ian Healy and former women’s captain Lisa Sthalekar.
Commentary will be provided by a collection of heavyweights of world cricket, such as Aussie and English stars Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Michael Atherton, David Lloyd, Isa Guha and more.
The Ashes – Australia vs England: Second Test ratings recap
The match was broadcast across both Nine and 9GEM in different states, and those totals have been combined below
*Rain on day one resulted in a complete washout, with no play taking place
A total of 6.044 million viewers (Metro: 4.343m / Regional: 1.701m) tuned into Nine’s broadcast of the Second Test between Australia and England (National cume reach), live from Lord’s, England.
Session Averages (Excludes Day One where no play took place)
The highest rating session of the Second Test was Session One on Day Two (Thursday, August 15th) with a national average audience of 993,000 viewers, as play finally got under way following a rained out Day One.
Each of the first sessions of play achieved an average national audience of 842,000.
Each of the second sessions of play achieved an average national audience of 461,000.
Digital Viewing On 9NOW
Live Average VPM of 25,000 during live play
Live VPM Streams of 2 million
Live VPM minutes of 38 million
Day Two was the biggest day with 11 million minutes streamed.
Day Two – Session One achieved the highest Live VPM of 36,000