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BBL Crowds Reach New Peak

03 April 2017

The KFC Big Bash League has moved to fifth on the list of the world's best attended sport leagues as total attendances jump on last season.

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More Australians attended cricket matches in the 2016-17 season than ever before, Cricket Australia has announced.

CA today released attendance figures for the past international and domestic seasons, revealing a total of 1,863,846 people came through the gates, more than the 1,727,270 that attended in 2015-16.

The figure takes into account total crowds for men's and women's internationals as well as the men's and women's Big Bash League competitions.

All five of the Brisbane Heat's home games were sold out in BBL|06, with the club's semifinal thriller against the Sydney Sixers setting a new BBL record for the Gabba of 35,116. In total 171,877 fans came through the gates to watch the Heat this summer. 

Across the country, the BBL attracted an average crowd of 30,114 people per match, an eight per cent increase on last year, making it the fifth biggest league in the world in terms of average attendance. Twenty of the 35 matches were sold out.

The high crowd numbers were backed up by strong TV ratings; an average of more than 1.2 million watched the ODI series against Pakistan, while an average of 1.04 million tuned in to the BBL, making it the most popular TV viewing option 31 nights out of 35.

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BBL|07 will see an expanded competition take place, with each club to play two extra games, one home and one away. 

Women's cricket also enjoyed strong results; more than 121,000 fans attended the WBBL, which had an average television audience of almost 240,000, while the women's T20 internationals averaged a touch over 200,000 per match on television.

In addition to the WBBL broadcasts, live streaming of all non-televised matches on, Facebook and the CA Live App was enjoyed by 1.5 million fans, while match highlights reached more than 7.3 million people.

CA's Digital Cricket Network live streamed more than 200 days of cricket in total, in addition to television coverage on channels Nine and Ten.

Cricket Network was also the top-ranked sports destination in the country between November and January thanks to an average unique audience of 2.46 million, peaking at 2.78 million in January.

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