The Blues’ victory over Queensland delivered solid TV ratings for Nine but was well short of the State of Origin record.
NSW’s State Of Origin victory over Queensland was watched by more than 2.4 million viewers, with about half of the audience living in Sydney.
Game one of the series filled the first three spots on OzTAM’s overnight ratings because the Nine Network breaks down the coverage into three segments.
The match (2.487 million) was number one in the ratings followed by the pre-match coverage (1.714 million) and the post-game segment (1.348 million) was third.
Of the 2.487 million viewers who tuned in to watch the Blues win at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, 1.288 million lived in Sydney.
There were 747,000 viewers in Brisbane, 426,000 in Melbourne and 86,000 in Adelaide. The game was not screened in Perth.
It was a solid ratings figure for State Of Origin, but well short of the record.
Nine says Game Three in 2012, watched by 2.626 million viewers, was the biggest audience ever for a State of Origin match since official ratings began.
State Of Origin’s dominance in the ratings took its toll on a few shows.
Network Ten’s reality cooking series MasterChef and its quality drama Offspring were shunted out of the top 10.
MasterChef was 11th with 779,000 viewers and Offspring was a spot further back with 766,000 viewers.