When you’re talking Origin, even a “dead rubber” game can still be a TV drawcard….
The third and final State of Origin drew an impressive 2.11m viewers last night.
There were 839,000 viewers watching in Sydney as the Blues managed a win over the Maroons. In Brisbane there were 758,000 watching, with 381,000 in Melbourne.
It was the lowest of the three games this year (Game 1: 2.7m), only due to Queensland already having won the first two games. Comparatively, in 2010 when Queensland had won 2 matches the third game was lower at 1.78m viewers.
Looking around the rest of the schedules last night, MasterChef, Offspring, Home and Away, 7:30 and Mad as Hell were amongst those that still held eyeballs.
Nine network won with 40.2% then Seven 21.2%, TEN 17.5%, ABC 14.5% and SBS 6.6%.
Following Origin for Nine were Nine News (1.11m / 1.01m), A Current Affair (953,000) and Hot Seat (654,000). NRL Rookie was 337,000 in 2 cities. The AFL Footy Show was 236,000 in 3 cities following Origin.
Seven News (1.16m / 1.04m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (738,000), The Chase (704,000 / 446,000), Criminal Minds (419,000 / 390,000). Border Security International was 315,000 in 3 cities.
Despite the heated contest MasterChef remained strong at 945,000 with another 742,000 for Offspring. The Project drew 726,000 / 518,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 508,000 and a Madam Secretary repeat was just 194,000.
ABC News was 864,000 for ABC followed by 7:30 (688,000), Mad as Hell (574,000), QI (486,000), Catherine Tate’s Nan (336,000), Antiques Roadshow (335,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (252,000).
On SBS it was Byzantium: The Tale of Three Cities (210,000), Tour de France (191,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (187,000) and SBS World News (141,000).
ABC2’s Hey Duggee topped multichannels for the first time with 296,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 110,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 13 July 2016