State of Origin I has topped the ratings year with a whopping 2.35m viewers.
The NSW Blues win pulled 985,000 viewers in Sydney alone, with 765,000 in Brisbane and 385,000 in Melbourne where the match was played.
But figures don’t include those who watched in pubs across the country, nor regional which attracted another 1.1m viewers.
The figure matches State of Origin I 2017, also on 2.53m viewers, although this time the Melbourne audience lifted.
It’s a record 2018 audience, ahead of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 2.01m, Married at First Sight‘s finale at 1.75m viewers and Roger Federer’s win at the Australian Open on 1.73m.
That made it a tough night elsewhere but MasterChef Australia performed well as an alternative, while ABC was in second place once the reality show wrapped.
Nine network won the night with a huge 46.0% share then, Seven 19.6%, TEN 15.0%, ABC 14.4% and SBS 5.0%.
Outside of Origin, Nine News was 1.01 / 1.00m and Hot Seat drew 527,000 / 301,000.
Seven News was best for Seven with 1.00m / 935,000 then The Chase (634,000 / 391,000), Home and Away (565,000), House Rules (343,000 in 3 cities) and Modern Family (272,000 / 236,000).
MasterChef Australia (733,000) led for TEN followed by The Project (591,000 / 361,000), TEN Eyewitness News (434,000), Instinct (357,000) and Family Feud (322,000). This is Us wrapped with 147,000.
ABC News (727,000), Gruen (643,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (594,000), 7:30 (581,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (512,000), Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise (245,000) and Think Tank (238,000).
On SBS it was an Untold Australia repeat (168,000), SBS World News (13,000), Global Junk Food (123,000) and Great British Railway Journeys (120,000).
Fireman Sam topped multichannels at 198,000. Love Island was 160,000.
News Breakfast: 100,000 / 45,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 6 June 2018.