2.62m makes Origin the biggest audience of 2015


Last night’s State of Origin was a dream TV event for Nine. The game is being reported as the biggest-ever attendance at over 91,000 pipping the previous-best of 89,000 in 1997.

With a staggering 2.62m viewers for the Match, comprising 2.48m on Nine and another 134,000 on GEM in Perth, it becomes the biggest TV audience of 2015.

The game pulled 1.1m viewers in Sydney, 812,000 in Brissy and 491,000 in Melbourne. In an ideal outcome, Maroons and Blues now have 1 win each ensuring the third match will draw a bumper crowd.

Against such fierce competition, other networks were clearly diluted.

Nine network share was a whopping 46.3% share then Seven 19.1%, TEN 16.3%, ABC 14.2% and SBS 4.1%.

Origin also drew 1.49m in Pre-Match and 1.06m in Post-Match figures (2 cities). Nine News was 1.17m / 1.15m then A Current Affair (1.05m) and Hot Seat (651,000). The Footy Show was 332,000 in 3 cities at 10pm.

Seven News (916,000 / 911,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (750,000 which was extended in 3 cities), Criminal Minds (529,000  / 473,000) and Million Dollar Minute (525,000). At 7:30pm Border Security International was 304,000 in 2 cities.

MasterChef drew 875,000 for TEN. The Project was 647,000 / 499,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 592,000, Madam Secretary was 455,000 and Elementary was 234,000 / 138,000.

ABC News (876,000) led on ABC followed by 7:30 (636,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (574,000) landed above The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (500,000), QI (463,000) and Antiques Roadshow (371,000).

On SBS ONE it was 24 Hours in Emergency (213,000), The Quest for Bannockburn (192,000)  and SBS World News (143,000). The Legacy was 99,000.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom topped multichannels at 309,000.

Sunrise: 318,000
Today: 283,000
ABC News Breakfast: 87,000 / 36,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 17 June 2015


  1. TasTVcameraman

    I do not like any team ball sports……….could not catch the ball when younger and kinda lost all interest. When people complain about SD, would you want to go back to VHS days and the standard of picture then was truly poor.
    SD or HD surely the content is the key, I watch B & W movies because of the content, it dies not worry me whether things are in SD or HD, If the Govt acts all primary channels will be HD anyway, and then you can watch such wonderful things such as MKR …………..joy oh jpy.

    • @remote it’s certainly outrated Friday AFL on 7 this year in Melbourne but of course both 7 and Fox Footy split the AFL audience. Once you combine the two it would amount to a larger Melbourne audience than last night’s game.

        • No, remote was making the point that in Melbourne it outrated AFL. I replied that in Melbourne the combined 7/Fox audience has been higher this year.

          • Regardless, It’s still significant that it was higher than any FTA AFL game in Melbourne. How would you know a simulcast has rated higher? Foxtel ratings are national, they include everyone, regional & every city, unless you have the breakdown you are only assuming.

    • Agreed. Nine can yell and scream all they like saying they expect it to be packaged with the NRL but after these numbers the NRL would be mad if they didn’t package it separately. It’s brilliant numbers that is for sure.

      Masterchef held up well last night. Was a great episode.

      • easygoing777

        Yes I am still trying to work out why people watch Masterchef at all better watching any food preparation program than a bunch of supercilious snobs look down their noses at the great unwashed.
        Preparing meals that would be battling to keep 2 small birds alive, big plate lots nice coloured sauce and a very small actual meal look a lot like an oasis in the desert

    • Not necessarily. There are direct financial consequences eg more or less money of the approach but also other factors to consider like cross promotion and ease of use for fans with everything being in one place. I’m sure the NRL will look at all factors and make the best decision. To suggest that packaging them separately should be automatically done is crazy.

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