Film & TV

Jun 19, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: State of Origin romps it in

The State of Origin rugby league game dominated viewing last night, pushing Nine ahead to win the week.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

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).

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