If anybody needed good news right now it was the Nine Network, and last night sports fans gave them just that.
The State of Origin game scored a whopping 2.7m viewers -the biggest Origin audience of all time (and with regional figures it will rise to 3.95m viewers). It was easily the biggest audience of the year so far.
In Sydney alone it drew 1.19m viewers, with 809,000 watching in Brisbane and even a timeslot win with 494,000 in Melbourne. All up it delivered a massive 45.0% network share, more than double its nearest rival.
That left other networks to adjust as best they could.
While Seven had a staggered schedule in various states, TEN managed to pick up viewers elsewhere with MasterChef still holding its head up at 897,000 viewers.
Following Nine’s win the remaining shares were Seven 20.2%, TEN 17.2%, ABC 12.3% and SBS 5.2%.
In addition to Origin, Nine’s remaining numbers were Nine News (1.09m / 1.09m), A Current Affair (959,000), Hot Seat (623,000) and an NRL Rookie replay scored 444,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News was 1.12m / 995,000 for Seven then Home and Away (789,000) and The Chase (714,000 / 417,000). House Rules only screened in 3 cities with 480,000. Criminal Minds drew 446,000 / 335,000.
MasterChef Australia still did good business with 897,000 for TEN. The Project was 731,000 / 505,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 541,000, Shark Tank was 539,000. Movie: Stepmom was just 197,000.
ABC News drew 772,000 for ABC followed by 7:30 (564,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (505,000), QI (406,000), Moonman (349,000), Antiques Roadshow (317,000) and Would I Lie To You? (241,000).
On SBS it was Armada: 12 Days to Save England (216,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (211,000), SBS World News (152,000) and Bosch (111,000).
ABC2’s Go Jetters (247,000) topped multichannels.
Sunrise / Today: 338,000
ABC News Breakfast: 129,000 / 47,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 1 June 2016