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State of Origin dominates ratings while Chaser generates more controversy than viewers

Queensland’s riveting victory over NSW in State of Origin pulled in Nine an average audience of nearly 2.3m on Wednesday night – the highest in the game’s history.  

The audience peaked at nearly 2.7m, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

In Brisbane, the audience share was an extraordinary 56.4%, while in Sydney it was 40.5%.

Nine’s network share for the night was 35.4%, well ahead of Seven’s 22.2% and Ten’s 21.5.%.

Meanwhile, the second edition of The Chaser’s War on Everything averaged nearly 1.2m for ABC1- more than 300,000 viewers down on the season opening. After being the third biggest show of Wednesday night last week, yesterday it was tenth.

Last night’s edition of The Chaser has already generated controversy over a “Make A Realistic Wish Foundation” sketch which has been accused of mocking dying children.

Wednesday’s top ten shows:

  1. State of Origin – Nine 2.3m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.7m
  3. Masterchef Ten 1.5m
  4. State of Origin I – Pre-Match Nine 1.4m
  5. Today Tonight Seven 1.4m
  6. Nine News Nine 1.3m
  7. A Current Affair Nine 1.3m
  8. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.3m
  9. Home and Away Seven 1.2m
  10. The Chaser’s War on Everything ABC 1.2m

Nine’s large share last night has pulled it into a narrow ratings lead for the week, of 27.7%, to Seven’s 25.8% and Ten’s 25.5%.

Update: The ABC has pulled the sketch from tonight’s repeat on ABC2.

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