Nine attracts 2.488m for State of Origin decider, beating Australian Open Final as 2017’s most watched show

The final State of Origin match was the most watched TV program so far in 2017, edging out the Australian Open men’s final in January as 3.652m viewers nationally tuned in to see the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons battle it out for the shield.

Behind Nine’s 40.5% average audience share, Seven attracted 13.5%, Ten was watched by 10.8%, ABC captured 7.8% of the metro audience while SBS picked up 4.7%.

OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings also reported the match as the most watched show across all key advertising demographics – the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

The match attracted 2.488m Australian viewers across metro cities, more viewers than the first and second clashes which pulled 2.348m and 2.380m metro viewers respectively.

Nationally, the show had 3.652m viewers beating The Australian Open Men’s Final as the highest rating program of the year, which had a national audience of 3.615m. 

State of Origin was also up on last year’s final game, which managed 2.111m metro viewers. 

The pre-match and post-match offerings attracted metro audiences of1.364m and 1.560m.

At 7:30pm Ten’s Masterchef Australia attracted 716,000 metro viewers while Seven’s Border Security: America’s Front Line achieved a 419,000 metro audience.

Nationally, the shows had 973,000 and 670,000 viewers.

Ten’s Offspring, which aired in the later time slot had 459,000 metro viewers while Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on the ABC captured 468,000 viewers.

While Nine dominated the night, Seven managed to scrape a win in news, with 1.075m metro viewers ahead of Nine’s 988,000.

Nationally Seven News had 1.714m viewers while Nine News had 1.005m.


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