A whopping 2.49m watched the State of Origin decider last night in the 5 city metro, as the Maroons took victory over the Blues 22-6. It was their 11th win in 12 series.
There were 1.00m watching in Sydney alone with 867,000 in Brissy and 378,000 in Melbourne.
That makes it the biggest Origin crowd this year (the record is 2.71m 2016 Origin #1). It is also now the biggest crowd of the 2017 ratings year, only eclipsed by the 2.67m who watched the Australian Open: Men’s Final in summer. More would have been viewing when we factor in pubs, clubs and regionals.
The game was more than three times the MasterChef audience at 716,000 viewers -still the top non-sport programme of the night. It was six times the audience of Border Security on just 419,000 viewers.
Nine triumphed with a whopping 47.6% share over Seven 19.6%, TEN 14.9%, ABC 11.6% and SBS 6.4%.
Outside of Origin, Nine News was 998,000 / 955,000 and Hot Seat was 518,00 / 305,000.
Seven News (1.08m / 1.00m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (671,000), The Chase (643,000 / 416,000), Border Security (419,000 / 403,000), and Criminal Minds (392,000 / 346,000).
MasterChef Australia (716,000) led for TEN followed by The Project (513,000 / 352,000), TEN Eyewitness News (469,000), Offspring (459,000) and Family Feud (332,000). NCIS: LA was just 159,000.
ABC News (714,000), 7:30 (534,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (468,000), QI (334,000), Ronny Chieng: International Student (264,000), Restoration Man (215,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (194,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Extreme Railway Journeys (272,000), SBS World News (153,000), Tour De France (144,000) and The Cyber Attack that Stopped the World (134,000).
Shaun the Sheep shot back to the top of multichannels on 192,000.
News Breakfast: 91,000 /
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 12 July 2017