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.
ABC News Breakfast: 87,000 / 36,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 17 June 2015