The State of Origin rugby league game dominated viewing last night, pushing Nine ahead to win the week.
Rugby League, or rather its State of Origin showcase last night cemented its position as a national sporting event, rivalling the AFL Grand Final. In fact the audience for the AFL will have difficulty matching 4.177 million for last night’s second and deciding Origin game unless the Sydney Swans are in the game in September (the 2005, 2006 and 2012 AFL grand final audiences (when Sydney played), are the three highest rating AFL games in history).
Origin’s second record breaking game in a row meant it was easily Nine’s night. The second State of Origin Rugby league game saw Nine win nationally, metro and regionally. Brisbane had a record audience, Sydney and Melbourne went close to the all time highs set in Game 1 and Nine won Perth with the Origin broadcast for the first time where the game was broadcast on Gem, which outrated Nine’s main channel. The game had a record 4.177 million people watching nationally, with a record 2.682 million who watched in the five metro markets and a record 1.495 who watched in regional markets. These figures include the 155,000 who watched the game on Gem in Perth (119,000) and in regional areas of WA (36,000).
Nine’s audience in the five metro markets topped the record set for Game 1 (played in Brisbane on May 28). It also topped the record for regional markets set in Game 1 this year, but the Sydney audience of 1.199 million was under the record 1.237 million who watched Game 1. The Brisbane audience returned with a record 857,000 people watching (topping the previous high of 809,000 for Game 3 in 2011). The Melbourne audience of 418,000 was the second highest behind the record 431,000 for Game 1.
Seven was a weak second, as expected, Ten was third and the ABC a distant fourth. Ten’s MasterChef Australia had 1.159 million national viewers, while Offspring had 1.038 million national viewers, which was pretty good considering the record audience watching Nine. Nine’s Today had another weak morning with 264,000 metro viewers against Sunrise’s 321,000
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (2.9%)
Top digital channels:
ABC 2 (3.2%)
7mate, Eleven (3.1%)
Top 10 national programs:
State of Origin Game 2 (Nine) — 4.177 million
State of Origin post-match (Nine) — 2.956 million
State of Origin pre-match (Nine) — 2.694 million
Nine News — 1.630 million
Seven News — 1.581 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.360 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.271 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.217 million
ABC News — 1.162 million
MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.159 million
Top metro programs:
State of Origin Game 2 (Nine) — 2.718 million
State of Origin post-match (Nine) — 1.928 million
State of Origin pre-match (Nine) — 1.806 million
Seven News — 1.206 million
Nine News — 1.154 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.082 million
Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.041 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.013 million
Losers: No one really, not with a monster like the State of Origin on Nine. It ate the night.Metro news and current affairs: