Tennis epic tops TV ratings Updated Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:51pm AEDT Photo:
Novak Djokovic beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in five sets. (ABC News/Tony Trung)
More than 2.4 million television viewers stayed up until the early hours of the morning to watch Novak Djokovic be crowned the 2012 Australian Open champion.
The Serbian beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a five-set match.
Despite the match ending at 1.37am, 2.415 million Australians stuck it out until the presentation, making it the most-watched television program of the evening.
Seven blitzed its rivals with the tennis taking out the top six positions in the television rankings.
The final lasted five hours and 53 minutes, the longest in Grand Slam history.
The interview with Djokovic after the match attracted 2.288 million viewers (second most-watched show), while the match itself had a peak average audience of 2.108 million (third place).
The introduction to the match also had 1.390 million viewers.
Over on Ten, the Zooey Deschanel comedy New Girl attracted 1.288 million viewers, while new US drama Homeland had 1.169 million viewers.
Seven News was the highest-ranking news program, with 1.248 million, followed by Nine News with 1.231 million viewers.