2.18m as State of Origin tops 2019

A whopping 2.18m viewers watched Queensland Maroons defeat NSW Blues last night making State of Origin I the most-watched show in 2019.

The biggest crowds were in Sydney (950,000) and Brisbane (746,000) while 273,000 watched in Melbourne.

Another 1.03m were watching in regional areas taking the total figure to a massive 3.21m viewers.

The metro figures eclipse the previous 2019 high Married at First Sight finale of 1.98m viewers. However they are down on 2018 and 2017 Origin I (both 2.35m).

Against such dominance nearly all other TV viewing from 7pm took a hit.

Nine network won Wednesday with a whopping 45.0% share then Seven 20.6%, 10 14.6%, ABC 14.2% and SBS 5.6%.

Nine News drew 945,000 / 937,000 viewers with Hot Seat at 541,000 / 307,000 (not all aired in Perth).

Seven News won its slot at 1.11m / 1.05m for Seven then Home and Away (692,000), The Chase (628,000 / 375,000) and House Rules (532,000). A movie Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal drew just 158,000.

MasterChef led for 10 at 531,000 barely ahead of The Project (530,000 / 295,000) then 10 News First (444,000), Five Bedrooms (347,000), Celebrity Name Game (292,000) and Bull (154,000).

ABC News (716,000), 7:30 (565,000), Anh’s Brush with Fame (565,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (486,000), The Letdown (305,000), QI (258,000), The Drum (222,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (173,000).

On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (161,000), Going Places with Ernie Dingo (158,000), Great British Railway Journeys (155,000), SBS World News (136,000), Mastermind (101,000) and The Good Fight (69,000).

Peter Rabbit (194,000) topped multichannels for ABC KIDS.

Sunrise: 276,000
Today: 204,000
News Breakfast: 115,000 / 52,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 5 June 2019.


  1. I find it totally unbelievable that ratings people said 283k watched the game in Melbourne and only 200k watched Master Chef. In our office we have 26 people working and not one person watched the Rugby half watched Master Chef or House Rules the rest watched Netflix or other platforms. Do they just guess what they think the ratings should be?

    • Jᴏʜɴɴʏ1ᴘ5

      Which is why the OzTam boxes are spread out over different lifestyles as if it was just as you say based on people in the same work enviroment then it would be very tainted. It’s akin to me saying I was at the pub Wednesday night and I can’t believe the ratings for State of Origin where so low in Melbourne as of the 100 plus there 90% where watching State Of Origin (and take that across all pubs).

      I mean think about it’s your 26 people watching and maybe a few similar versus a higher amount that would be out in pubs across Melbourne. Okay sure those audiences aren’t counted in pubs as your work colleagues aren’t either, but as a sample of people across a major city based on those two things it’s easy to see how 273,000 would be about right.

  2. Jᴏʜɴɴʏ1ᴘ5

    I’m not surprised it only got 273,000 in Melbourne as it was the strangest episode of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation I’ve ever seen, what where Shaun and Co thinking making it so New South Wales and Queensland centric. I tuned in to see a battle between Creationists and Evolutionists and got something else, like a cross between Chess and Draughts with real people dressed like advertising billboards as the pieces, hope it doesn’t turn people off watching Yo Gen next week.

  3. i haven’t watched origin for years its stupid , robs clubs of talent and now today’s paper the knights coach will rest his origin players from this round , sorry but the club pays hundreds of thousands of dollars for them to play for the club

  4. battlestargalactica

    It was good the game could go ahead after the stadium appeared to catch fire during the pregame entertainment. Couldn’t see Briggs through all the smoke.

  5. Clem_Melbourne

    Watched MasterChef last night and it was a great episode in Noosa. Queensland week is great. Watching The Project sometimes as well they have a good variety of news.

  6. There was no sport in our house. MasterChef is as good as ever, Anh’s Brush With Fame with Deb Hutton was fascinating then we discovered Qi has been programmed later than we were used to so looks like we’ve got some episodes to catch up on iView there.

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