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State of Origin I viewers down slightly on last year but Nine still dominates audience share

Last night’s State of Origin I clash saw 2.432m tune in to witness Queensland’s narrow victory over NSW, handing Nine an easy win with an audience share of 37.6 per cent.

It was slightly down on last year’s game one which attracted 2.487m metro viewers, while 2013’s game one was watched by 2.433m. Last year’s second game grabbed a metro crowd of 2.563m, with 2.1m metro viewers tuning in to see NSW win the series in game three.

The pre-match broadcast was watched by 1.549m, with 1.019m sticking around for the post-match broadcast according to OzTam overnight metro figures, which do not take into account out of home viewing.

While it was the most watched show in Sydney (1.092m), Brisbane (769,000) and Melbourne (380,000 – level with Nine News at 6pm) it was only the tenth most popular thing on TV in Adelaide, and was relegated to multichannel Gem in Perth and was watched by 114,000 there).

Meanwhile in other TV, Masterchef in the 7.30pm timeslot saw its audience drop from last week’s audience of 1.127m to 937,000.

It easily out-rated Seven’s Border Security: International which was watched by 255,000 metro viewers.

Seven had an audience share of 14.1 per cent, while Ten grabbed third place with a share of 12.9 per cent. The ABC managed an audience share of 8.7 per cent.

Also on Ten, the return of US drama series Madam Secretary pulled an audience of 440,000 in the 8.30pm timeslot. The debut of the first half of season one at the end of last year was watched by 740,000.

Meanwhile on the ABC, 7.30 was watched by 601,000, QI (8pm) had an audience of 433,000, and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (8.30pm) was watched by 448,000. Last week’s episode of The Weekly was watched by 642,000.

In news, Nine News at 6pm was watched by 1.099m, dropping to 1.081m at 6.30pm. Seven News took an Origin-related hit at 6pm and didn’t manage to break the 1m viewer mark, grabbing a metro audience of 999,000, dropping to 929,000 from 6.30pm.

Nine’s A Current Affair was watched by 1.197m, its highest rating episode of the year.

Top 15 Shows:

1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Network 9 TTL 2,432,000
2 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Network 9 TTL 1,549,000
3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 TTL 1,197,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 TTL 1,099,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 TTL 1,081,000
6 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – POST MATCH Network 9 TTL 1,019,000
7 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 TTL 999,000
8 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN TTL 937,000
9 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 TTL 929,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 TTL 743,000
11 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN TTL 645,000
12 HOT SEAT Network 9 TTL 634,000
13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN TTL 627,000
14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN TTL 615,000
15 7.30-EV Network ABC TTL 601,000

Audience Share:

Network 9 37.6%
Network 7 14.1%
Network TEN 12.9%
Network ABC 8.7%
Network 7TWO 4.1%
Network SBS ONE 3.7%
Network GO! 3.6%
Network Gem 3.2%
Network 7mate 3.0%
Network ELEVEN 2.5%
Network ABC2 2.2%
Network ONE 1.8%
Network ABC News 24 1.0%
Network SBS 2 0.9%
Network ABC3 0.5%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total Audience Share: 

Network 9 TTL 44.4%
Network 7 TTL 21.3%
Network TEN TTL 17.2%
Network ABC TTL 12.4%
Network SBS TTL 4.7%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

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