Yep. R1 is one of the AFL's blockbuster rounds. Unlike the NRL they don't have 3 tiers of their sport to cash in on. They've really gotta go gang busters with what equates to their elite games. For them it's R1, Friday nights and a few other big domestic games.
The NRL of course has SOO and internationals to take the game to another level. For the AFL to have such poor ratings for R1 that the NRL beats it with one less game is a horrendous result.
No doubt the good fumbling folk here will have something to offer lololololololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!