Origin, Ashes, Wimbledon and Tour de France -so much sport on a winter weeknight.
There was no stopping Nine’s offer of a State of Origin Decider and the opening round of the Mid-Year Ashes.
Origin drew 2.21m as the Maroons crushed the Blues. 847,000 watched in Sydney and 845,000 in Brisbane. Melbourne was 358,000 only because so many were drawn to the Ashes.
The Ashes pulled 306,000 in Melbourne compared to 126,000 in Sydney. That sent GEM skyrocketing to a 12.1% share -higher than TEN and ABC primary channels and all of SBS.
Nine network amassed a whopping 46.7% in total, demolishing all in its path. Seven was 19.6%, TEN was 16.2%, ABC was 12.4% and SBS was 5.4%.
Following Origin for Nine were Nine News (1.22m / 1.11m in 4 cities), A Current Affair (920,000 in 4 cities) and Hot Seat (654,000).
Seven News (1.04m / 966,000) was best for Seven, then Home and Away (717,000), Border Security (697,000), Highway Patrol (650,000), Million Dollar Minute (533,000) and Criminal Minds (528,000 / 432,000).
MasterChef Australia (936,000) led for TEN. Other titles were TEN Eyewitness News (664,000), The Project (643,000 / 464,000) and Madam Secretary (452,000). Elementary was 216,000.
ABC News (808,000) was best for ABC. Impacted by sport were 7:30 (526,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (492,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (456,000), QI (378,000). Antiques Roadshow (361,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (311,000).
On SBS it was Dan Snow: Last Heroes of D-Day (188,000), SBS World News (168,000), Tour de France (167,000) and 24 Hours in Emergency (150,000).
ABC News Breakfast: 86,000 / 52,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 8 July 2015