But the numbers will go even higher once adjusted for overruns, expected to snare 2.6m -which would make it the highest-ever NRL Grand Final in OzTAM figures and one of the biggest audiences of the year.
In Sydney alone there were 1.13m viewers glued to the match in which Russell Crowe’s team snatched their first title in 43 years. Another 584,000 watched in Brissy and 475,000 in Melbourne.
Those numbers, which don’t include groups viewing in clubs and bars, will go higher still with Regional viewers -expected to settle at 3.95m.
Nine was the only game in town with the nearest a rival could touch being Seven’s Sunday Night at 1.01m viewers.
Nine network share was a huge 43.1% then Seven 24.9%, TEN 15.1%, ABC 11.2% and SBS 5.7%.
Aside from Grand Final numbers, Nine News was 1.33m and Big Brother was 867,000 in preliminary numbers. With the NRL running overtime those will need to be adjusted.
Following Sunday Night (1.01m) for Seven were Seven News (903,000), The X Factor (874,000) and Mrs. Brown’s Boys (608,000 / 448,000).
It was a tough night for other broadcasters. TEN could not rise above the half a million mark with Modern Family (436,000 / 428,000), Movie: Taken 2 (432,000), Scorpion (412,000) and TEN Eyewitness News (318,000).
ABC News was 644,000 for ABC then The Code (477,000), Doctor Who (447,000 / 67,000), Compass (302,000), Midsomer Murders (276,000) and Mad Dogs (225,000).
The Twilight of Civilisations (277,000) topped SBS ONE then Robin Williams Remembered (228,000 – numbers indicate it deserved a better timeslot), Rome: What Lies Beneath (212,000) and the rescheduled Where is Flight MH370? (177,000).
ONE’s coverage of the FIA Formula One was best on multichannels at 400,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 5 October 2014