State of Origin game two brings 1.96m metro viewers to Nine

The second clash between the NSW Blues and the Queensland Maroons has brought 1.96m metro viewers to Nine, a drop from 2.178m for game one which aired on a Wednesday night.

This is the second year that game two has been played on a Sunday night, instead of the traditional Wednesday. Last night’s game, however, was also down on last year’s game two, which had 2.09m according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight figures, and 2.123m according to Nine’s time-adjusted figures.

Last night’s Sunday game was played in Perth.

After Queensland took the first game, the second saw NSW nail an easy 38-6 victory. The 7:50pm AEST kick-off meant the game finished just before 10pm. The pre-match coverage drew in 1.169m metro viewers, while the post-match brought 814,000. When combined with regional viewer numbers, game two was watched by 2.799m viewers.

The pre-coverage, post-coverage and State of Origin match were the most-watched programs in the key advertising demographics, with all three topping the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. Nine also took an easy win as most-watched channel by the 25-54s with 40.8%, and 16-39s with 47.3%.

Elsewhere on Sunday, 1.137m metro viewers watched Seven News and 1.020m chose Nine News. Seven’s House Rules saw 743,000 tune in while MasterChef delivered 619,000.

ABC News drew 703,000 and Insiders nudged into the top 20 shows with 275,000 metro viewers watching Michael Rowland, Patricia Karvelas, Sarah Martin and David Crowe. New host David Speers is scheduled to take the helm in 2020.

The Sunday Project at 7pm jumped slightly to 457,000, over 411,000 last week, while its less popular first half hour had 268,000 metro viewers.

SBS’ coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup match between Norway and Australia brought in 270,000 metro viewers and 390,000 Australia-wide for the post-match coverage segment. The match itself, according to OzTAM’s figures, had 166,000 metro viewers, and 230,000 nationally.

Nine’s overall audience share was 34.2%, followed by Seven (17.2%), Ten (10.2%) and ABC (9.8%). The network audience share showed a similar hierarchy with Nine on 39.6%, Seven with 26.7%, Ten on 14.6%, and 13.7% for ABC.

7Mate was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.8%.


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