Origin match tops the year with 2.43m viewers

Ratings: Maroons take down Blues with Nine scoring the biggest audience so far in 2015.


The first State of Origin was always going to be big -it was just a question of how big.

In the end  a massive 2.43m viewers watched the Maroons defeat the Blues at ANZ Stadium, making it the biggest audience so far in 2015.

Sydney tuned in with a whopping 1.09m viewers, with 769,000 in Brisbane and 380,000 in Melbourne.

1.55m watched the pre-match and 1.02m stayed for the post-match. The only title it couldn’t grab was outranking 2014’s 2.6m viewers for Game I.

Nine stormed the night with more than double Seven in share -but it’s a given that Seven does not program competitively against such dominance and offers a staggered schedule.

Elsewhere MasterChef held up well against Sport for TEN. Nine also had wins with A Current Affair and Today.

Nine network pulled a 44.4% share then Seven 21.3%, TEN 17.2%,  ABC 12.4% and SBS 4.7%.

Following the Origin numbers, A Current Affair hit a 2015 high (1.2m), ahead of Nine News (1.1m / 1.08m) and Hot Seat (634,000). Movie: Mad Max was 256,000.

Seven News was 999,000 / 929,000 for Seven then Home and Away (743,000), Criminal Minds (557,000 / 422,000) and Million Dollar Minute (545,000). House Rules ran in 3 cities with 410,000 (Sydney and Brisbane air tonight) and Border Security International was 255,000 in 2 cities.

MasterChef settled on 934,000 but remained the top non-News / Sport title.  The Project was 627,000 / 481,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 615,000, Madam Secretary was 440,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 252,000.  Hawaii Five 0 was 151,000.

ABC also had a quiet night with ABC News (745,000), 7:30 (601,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (448,000), The Agony of Life (444,000), QI (443,000), Antiques Roadshow (332,000) and 8MMM (182,000).

On SBS ONE it was Neil Oliver: The Vikings (241,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (201,000), SBS World News (152,000), Food Safari (133,000) and The Legacy (80,000).

Big Bang was best on multichannels at 248,000.

Today: 317,000
Sunrise: 315,000
ABC News Breakfast: 99,000 / 52,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 27 May 2015

22 Responses

  1. Masterchef held up very well against Masterchef. Ten’s promotion of Madam Secretary was nothing short of bizarre. Rather than promoting it as the series return it was advertised as a new show launch. Confusing to say the least.

  2. over rated ch9 nrl joke clubs loose players for club games and it started 22 mins after the advertised time then ran 19 mins over FTA is a joke for start times dont they own a wall clock

  3. I wish that Seven and Nine would stop forfeiting these big event nights to each other – Masterchef’s result shows that House Rules could quite easily have returned a decent number, perhaps even getting a slight boost because of the absence of Reno Rumble.

  4. Origin sure is a huge tentpole for ch9

    on a related matter…pronounce the following…..hoon, goon, soon, room, pontoon……and then maroon…..don’t those folk up there speak properly???

  5. Awesome numbers for the origin. It’ll be interesting to see if the same amount of people watch the SOO Game2 in Melbourne.
    David correct me if I’m wrong but is that first time this year the today show has beaten sunrise.
    Madam Secretary should’ve been shown tonight.
    channel 10 tonight should be like this
    Madam Secretary (Return)
    Law and Order SVU (New)
    Blue Bloods

    1. I don’t believe they repeated the first half of the season on a multi channel or during the day either. I was waiting for that as I missed a couple of episodes last year. Why wouldn’t they try to get some more viewers?

    2. As much as Ten tried to pretend they were launching a new show they were in fact just continuing with episode #1.12, so people have had 11 previous chances plus catch-ups to check it out, and have missed all the exposition if they haven’t.

      It didn’t rate better when fast-tracked on Thursdays and did much better than Wonderland has averaged in the slot, (not against the SOT). Ten needs and established show to benefit from Masterchef’s lead in but take a hit from 3 Wednesdays of SOT in Sydney and Brisbane spread out over a couple of months.

      Launching CSI:Cyber would’ve been suicide though.

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