State of Origin breaks viewership record with 2.5m

An audience of over 2.5m viewers watched Queensland beat New South Wales in the first State of Origin match of the year.

The match – which aired on Nine – took 2.51m viewers across the five city metro markets, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The result was the best the first match has performed since the introduction of OzTam in 2001.  Last year’s first game took 2.227m.

The post-match wrap up rated 2.009m, although it wasn’t aired in Adelaide. The pre-match show which didn’t air in Perth or Adelaide, took 1.565m viewers.

For Ten, Masterchef, rated 0.975m, Offspring 0.726m and The Good Wife 0.445m.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Seven saved Australia’s Got Talent for Thursday night, instead airing Border Security at 7.30pm which took 0.341m. The Force at 8pm took 0.242m while Castle totalled 0.463m.

Across Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, primarily non-league supporting states, Australia’s Got Talent at 7.30pm took a total of 0.547m.

Seven News was fourth for the night with 1.399m viewers across the five city metro, followed by The Block with 1.354m viewers.

Wednesday’s top 15 shows:

1. State of Origin – Match Nine 2.510m
2. State of Origin – Post-Match Nine 2.009m
3. State of Origin – Pre-Match Nine 1.565m
4. Seven News Seven 1.399m
5. The Block Nine 1.354m
6. Nine News Nine 1.285m
7. Today Tonight Seven 1.233m
8. A Current Affair Nine 1.170m
9. ABC News ABC 0.998m
10. Masterchef Ten 0.975m
11. Home and Away Seven 0.897m
12. The Big Bang Theory – Episode 1 Nine 0.812m
13. Offspring Ten 0.726m
14. Hot Seat Nine 0.721m
15. Ten News Ten 0.713m

Wednesday’s channel share:

  1. Nine: 35.8%
  2. Seven: 17.0%
  3. Ten: 13.9%
  4. ABC1: 8.5%
  5. SBS1: 3.9%
  6. 7TWO: 3.5%
  7. Eleven: 3.5%
  8. 7mate: 3.0%
  9. GO!: 2.6%
  10. ABC2: 2.6%
  11. Gem: 2.2%
  12. One: 1.4%
  13. SBS2: 0.9%
  14. ABC News 24: 0.7%
  15. ABC3: 0.6%


  1. Tradie
    24 May 12
    10:58 am

  2. Looks like a cracking result on the surface, but how does it compare to last year’s ratings?

    PS. Loved the Qld victory!

  3. Colin Delaney
    24 May 12
    12:06 pm

  4. Hi Tradie

    Good point, It was the best the first game has done since the introduction of OzTam in 2001. See addition.

    – Colin

  5. Mal Meninga
    24 May 12
    3:36 pm

  6. Good result for Nine, great result for Queensland.

  7. Floyd Rose
    25 May 12
    5:22 pm

  8. Good result Nine, but not so good result for we viewers who are still stuck with watching your Standard Definition transmissions of major events such as this. Why did we all go out and buy HD sets?

    If you have sole live broadcast rights, you should be forced to transmit it in HD. I wish some of the sponsors put their foot down and demanded that viewers get the best viewing experience. The “Prometheus” adverts were hammered during State of Origin but looked very average in SD……I would be disappointed with my spend if I was the marketing manager of the company paying for these ads.

    The ratings equates to 2.51 million people who are getting conned with sub-standard broadcast transmissions. Well done Nine.