It was SBS’s best numbers since a 2010 World Cup match between Australia and Ghana.
The game was the fifth most watched show on Free to Air last night, and in Sydney was the highest rated show all night on 434,000 viewers. The win was even enough to relegate the ABC into fifth place for the night.
On FOX Sports, where the game was Live a huge 549,000 watched the game -the third biggest audience ever for Foxtel behind a NZ v France Rugby World Cup final in 2011.
But in an extraordinary night of television, the game was not the only upset of the night.
Seven’s House Rules has finally eclipsed The Block on Nine. The show has made an extraordinary comeback since its first week, due in no small part to its bumper figures in the west.
Seven network won with a share of 28.0% then Nine 24.2%, TEN 18.8%, SBS 14.8% and ABC 14.1%.
Seven News was 1.26m for Seven then House Rules (1.16m), Packed to the Rafters (1.08m), Today Tonight (1.03m), Home and Away (971,000), Deal or No Deal (569,000), Border Security International (471,000) and Travel Unravelled (270,000).
Nine News (1.3m) topped the night on Nine then The Block (1.13m), A Current Affair (1.07m), Hot Seat (791,000), Big Bang (747,000), The Celebrity Apprentice: Challenge (542,000) and Two and a Half Men (213,000).
NCIS (823,000) led for TEN. TEN News was 702,000, MasterChef was 679,000, The Project was 570,000, NCIS: LA was 566,000 and The Simpsons was 430,000.
Following the Aus v Iraq match for SBS ONE also coded pre-match and post match segments (is that a first by SBS?). Following these it was Venice 24/7 (203,000), World News Australia late (202,000) and World News Australia (182,000).
ABC News (881,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (643,000), New Tricks (610,000), Croc College (388,000), At the Movies (333,000) and Time Team (302,000).
Shaun the Sheep was best on multichannels at 345,000.
Nine News Now: 107,000
The Daily Edition: 90,000 / 50,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 18 June 2013