The second State of Origin match was only ever a question of how high it would go.
The Blues suffered another defeat, not the perfect outcome for Nine, but the numbers were still brilliant at 2.37m (including GEM in Perth).
That included 997,000 viewers in Sydney, 805,000 in Brissy and 387,000 in Melbourne. Nine advises with adjustment the figure will climb to 2.4m viewers, down slightly on 2015’s 2.52m for Game #2. With no tie-breaker to come it means Game #3 is unlikely to top Game #1 figures.
As a result all other shows took a hit last night, but Masterchef still walked away with respectable numbers and the top entertainment title. Mad as Hell edged ahead of The Chaser on ABC.
Nine network won with a whopping 44.5% share then Seven 20.6%, TEN 16.0%, ABC 13.5% and SBS 5.4%.
Following Origin, Nine News was 1.06m / 1.06m, A Current Affair was 914,000, Hot Seat was 580,000 and The NRL Rookie was 488,000 in 3 cities. The Footy Show drew 341,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News pulled 1.11m / 931,000 for Seven followed by Home and Away (789,000), The Chase (649,000 / 448,000), Highway Patrol (489,000 in 4 cities) and Criminal Minds (483,000 / 438,000). Border Security International was 284,000 in 3 cities.
MasterChef Australia pulled 927,000 for TEN. The Project was 639,000 / 490,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 504,000 and Shark Tank was 483,000. Hawaii Five-0 was just 138,000.
ABC News (828,000), 7:30 (561,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (552,000), The Chaser’s Election Desk (527,000), QI (433,000) and Antiques Roadshow (346,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (252,000), Dan Snow’s History of Railways (236,000), SBS World News (156,000) and Bosch (135,000).
ABC2’s Go Jetters (287,000) topped multichannels.
ABC News Breakfast: 93,000 / 47,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 22 June 2016