Great game, great win, but not a record audience for the Nine Network in the metro and regional markets. But it was the usual big win for the network on a State of Origin night. From tonight it’s back to the grind until the second State of Origin game in three weeks. Nine also won the regional markets because of the Origin game’s ratings in rugby league-mad regional NSW and Queensland. Last night’s first Origin game was two weeks later than 2012.

The game was watched by 3.960 million national viewers, 2.496 million metro viewers and 1.464 million regional viewers (all include Gem in Perth and WA regions: 90,000 for the game, 48,000 for the pre-game and 70,000 for the post game). The Origin record high was for game three in the 2012 series with 4.041 million national, 2.68 million metro and 1.36 million regional viewers. On early indications, the regional audience this year appears to be a record.

Sydney with 1.145 million was under last year’s game 3 record of 1.2 million, Brisbane was down sharply from its 2012 high of 906,000 with just 779,000 (were the banana benders expecting to be beaten?), but Melbourne recorded a  small rise in its best audience to a record 431,000. Oddly WIN didn’t screen the game on its main channel in Perth, but it averaged 63,000 on the Gem digital channel.

Offspring on Ten had national 933,000 / 737,000 metro/ 196,000 regional. House Rules on Seven had 831,000 national/ 630,000 metro/ 199,000 regional viewers as well, but wasn’t screened in Sydney, Brisbane or the regional markets of NSW and Queensland. Considering that, the figures it did get last night were quite solid in the face of the Origin game on Nine. Home and Away (1.259 million national/ 848,000 metro/411,000 regional viewers) ran for 90 minutes in Brisbane and regional Queensland and Sydney and regional NSW markets last night.

Idol update: More big changes at the Fox TV network’s troubled American Idol. Veteran Australian sports producer and executive David Hill (the man who revolutionised sports coverage here with World Series cricket and then  rugby league and US football, baseball and soccer) has a new gig from his News Corp HQ: overseeing American Idol and The X Factor. Hill was pushed up to senior executive vice-president of News Corp after senior management at Fox TV (he oversaw Fox Sports) was changed late last year. But Hill is not a replacement for the departing Fox head of alternative programming, Mike Darnell, who was overseeing Idol and X Factor.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (43.8%)
  2. Seven (24.0%)
  3. ABC (14.4%)
  4. Ten (14.2%)
  5. SBS (3.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (38.4%)
  2. Seven (17.0%)
  3.  ABC1 (10.2%)
  4. Ten (10.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.0%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. 7TWO, Gem (3.1%)
  3. Eleven (2.7%)
  4. ABC2 (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. State of Origin Game (Nine) –3.960 million
  2.  State of Origin Pre-Game (Nine) — 2.843 million
  3. State of Origin Post-Game (Nine) — 2.441 million
  4. Nine News  – 2.021 million
  5. Seven News — 1.904 million
  6. The Block (Nine) — 1.824 million
  7. ABC1 News — 1.336 million
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.334 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.333 million
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.259 million

Top metro programs:

  1. State of Origin Game (Nine) –2.496 million *
  2.  State of Origin Pre-Game (Nine) — 1.821 million*
  3. State of Origin Post-Game (Nine) — 1.525 million*
  4. Nine News — 1.389 million
  5.  The Block (Nine) — 1.302 million
  6. Seven News — 1.286 million
  7.  A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.130 million
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.055 million

* Includes Gem audience in Perth of 63,000, 34,000 and 50,000 respectively)

Losers:  No one. Not on a night with Origin 1 dominating the audience. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.389 million
  2. Seven News — 1.286 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.130 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.055 million
  5. ABC News – 885,000
  6. Ten News — 717,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 670,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 584,000
  9. Lateline (ABC1) — 189,000
  10. SBS ONE News — 182,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 361,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 360,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1) – 54,000 + 39,000 on News 24

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 – (2.3%)
  2. TV1 – (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle – (1.9%)
  4. Fox Sports 3 (1.5%)
  5. UKTV – (1.4%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (SoHo) – 92,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 89,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 70,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 67,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 60,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) Plus network reports.

Peter Fray

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