2.49m watch Maroons down Blues

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.

Sunrise: 268,000
Today: 252,000
News Breakfast: 91,000 /

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 12 July 2017

Photo: NRL.


  1. According to The Age newspaper, the final 2017 State of Origin was the most-watched TV program of the year, beating the Australian Open’s mens final by about 40,000 people. Peak audience across Australia was 4.1 million.

    • I stick to metro which is the traditional measure. I would love for metro + regional to be a single figure but it’s not the case. You can keep the peaks thanks, won’t be buying into that.

      • Agree with that – too many overlaps etc.
        What makes the AO final more remarkable is that it wasn’t in prime time – finishing early in the morning, but still racking up 300,000 more than the SoO, which was screened exclusively in prime time – plus no Aussies were involved.

  2. Look at Home and away it is dropping all the time …. another new family has not helped it .. when river boys was in the show it was getting a average of a 1 million a night …. also I do not like the new family at all …. when are they ever going to get a gay person back in the bay …. summer bay has no gay in the bay …

      • I gave up home and away because of those double and triple episodes and the river boys. The other night the tv was on and it happened to 7 during home and away and for a few minutes I found myself almost drawn in watching and then I snapped out of it and quickly put something else on. I don’t want to go back to watching it again and sitting through those double and triple eps.

  3. Agree, it was good of 9 to stick with the presentations showing it all in Melbourne. Unlike last time. Anyway check to see how Andrew Johns is today. He looked a shattered shattered man after the game last night.

  4. Last night’s episode of Offspring was fantastic.

    Sure, rivals’ programming may stop Nine from pulling 50%+ shares.

    But its severley affects the others’ programs.

    Hence a solid result for MasterChef.

    Had Offspring aired outside of State of Origin, it’d have been a lot bigger.

  5. I’ve enjoyed International Student.
    Yes, a bit silly at times but lots of fun and loved some of the characters.
    Patch May as the hyper,”out there” American exchange student has really grown on me.
    Wasn’t keen on the character at first but he’s turned out to be one of the highlights of the show.
    Anthony Morgan is also perfect as the dishevelled Uni professor on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
    I reckon this would be a fave with all the college students in the US.
    Hope to see another series from Ronny next year.

  6. It was great to see the whole post-match shown live in Melbourne. Normally we are subjected to AwFuL Footy Show 30seconds after the final siren.

  7. Can’t fault those numbers but I was flicking across channels and noted a rerun of ANW was showing after the game. As it was just 10 minutes in I thought I will check it out just to find they were still busy with the after-match formalities. I checked back 5 minutes later and still no ANW. Then another 15 minutes later, now 30 minutes over scheduled time we were still looking at after-match commentary. It was then I switched off and went to bed…

    • I can’t believe they wasted Clare Smyth in a one-off episode up against Origin.
      She is a towering figure in the culinary world and definitely deserves to have taken the place of, say, Pierre White in a week challenge.

  8. Yesterday was catch up for me. I watched the latest episode of private eyes, catfish and the habibs. Also watched another episode of handmaids tale.

  9. Decider would’ve been higher, had it not been one-sided.

    That said, this is an amazing week for Nine.

    Can only imagine how much they’ll win by, come the end of Saturday!

    • They will win because they had the rights to a major sporting event and a new reality show. Big deal. When we look back on this time in tv history we won’t be remembering the reality show that aired ten nights a week. Sure we may remember the sports match for the match itself but not for the tv coverage of it. What we will look back on the quality of drama that aired or lack there of.

        • Not everyone watches reality. Of those that do watch some reality they wouldn’t necessarily rate it above drama. The early seasons of idol and dancing were 1-2 eps a week and big brother was 30 min eps. Very different from the kind of reality we get now, which is what I specifically referred to when I said “10 eps a week”. When you think about that it is not an exaggeration when a reality show goes 3 to 5 nights a week for 1 to over 2 hours. Thus the reality then was different to reality now and I was referring to the reality now as not necessarily memorable. Sure they got a win. Sometimes its not about a win but how you win.

          • However you cut it up, people remember moments and characters…..fair to say both reality and drama can be memorable TV, along with other genres for that matter.

      • Same with Channel Seven. They win because of AFL rights and reality TV such as MKR but offer very little else worth watching (not that I think MKR is worth watching).

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