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State of Origin II brings 1.654m metro viewers, up slightly on game one

The second match of the 2020 State of Origin series saw 1.654m viewers tuning into Nine on Wednesday night, a slight rise in viewership compared with the 1.598m who watched game one last week (the lowest metro audience for any Origin game since 2001).

The game, which saw NSW level the series against Queensland, brought in a combined 2.434m viewers nationally to easily be the most-watched program of the evening. Meanwhile, the pre-game show brought in 771k metro viewers and 1.007m nationally.

State of Origin Game II

Game two was also down on 2019’s second match of the series, which managed 1.96m metro viewers for Nine.

Breaking down individual markets, the game managed 739k metro viewers in Sydney, the city where the game was being played, plus 206k in Melbourne, 561k in Brisbane, 87k in Adelaide and 60k in Perth.

State of Origin also dominated the key advertising demographics, with the game and pre-game coverage leading the 16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s.

The series is being played on three consecutive Wednesdays post-season rather than the usual mid-way through the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Game one kicked off a week and a half after the NRL grand final.

Commentators have frequently mentioned the lack of star power available for the series, with several players out injured or fatigued after the stop-start NRL, with others having no match action for over a month since the regular 2020 season ended.

Despite this, Origin delivered an easy win for Nine in the network share stakes, with a 33.6% overnight channel share, and a 40.9% network share, with both figures up from last week first game.

Among other programs on Wednesday night, ABC’s Gruen viewership rose compared to last week, bringing in 627k metro viewers. Meanwhile, Hard Quiz had 610k viewers last night.

Gruen also appeared in all three demographics, and the ABC’s Bluey took fifth spot in the 16 to 39s.

Seven aired comfortably the pick of the news programs, with Seven News reaching 1.022m viewers across the five metro markets.

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