2.59m as Nine streaks to new Origin record

By David Knox on July 18, 2013 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 9

2013-07-18_1009State of Origin scored massive numbers for Nine last night with 2.59m viewers watching the game in 4 cities.

It was the eighth straight win for the Maroons with a 12-10 victory over the Blues, capped off with a bloke streaking across the field.

It sets a new record for State of Origin since the introduction of OzTAM and is the second-biggest audience this year (My Kitchen Rules finale was 2.95m). The previous high was 2.51m for SoO game 1 last year.

There were 1.16m watching in Sydney alone with 865,000 in Brissy and 464,000 in Melbourne, 95,000 in Adelaide -and another 110,000 on GEM in Perth.

Added with regional viewers the numbers soar to 4.08m viewers -not counting viewers watching in pubs and clubs.

As a result Nine network pulled a mammoth 44.7% share last night, more than twice its nearest rival.

Trailing behind were Seven 20.5%, TEN 15.7%, ABC 14.0% and SBS 5.1%.

Aside from Origin, Nine’s other performers were Nine News and The Block (both 1.34m), ACA (1.14m), Hot Seat (715,000), and Big Bang (577,000 / 364,000).

Numbers for other shows were understandably down across the board.

Seven News (1.21m) led Seven then Today Tonight (1.02m), Home and Away (899,000), RSPCA Animal Rescue (620,000), Deal or No Deal (569,000). The Mole was 281,000 / 239,000.

MasterChef (747,000) was best for TEN followed by TEN News (651,000), Offspring (625,000), The Project (535,000). NCIS: LA was 326,000 and The Simpsons was 293,000.

ABC News (902,000) topped ABC1 then 7:30 (657,000), Qi (612,000), Adam Hills Tonight (561,000), Wednesday Night Fever (332,000) and Restoration Man (320,000).

Bears of the Last Frontier (203,000) was best on SBS ONE then Tour de France (184,000 pre-race / 167,000), World News Australia (152,000), and Toughest Place to Be A... (151,000).

Yes Shaun the Sheep was best on multichannels at 346,000.

Sunrise: 348,000
Today: 326,000
ABC News Breakfast: 53,000 / 34,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 17 July 2013


  1. deedeedragons July 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm -

    @harrypotter1994: It was in Sydney.

  2. poss July 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm -

    Go Shaun!

  3. harrypotter1994 July 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm -

    David I thought Criminal Minds was on 7 last night?

  4. camo2 July 18, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    i reference your story of the other day… i think ratings should be national not metro…i know alot would disagree but it has to happen

  5. James S July 18, 2013 at 11:33 am -

    Seven on it’s own during Nine’s State of Origin Coverage came in Fourth beaten by Ten and ABC1 on their own.

  6. PJs Ronin July 18, 2013 at 11:18 am -

    What helped the SoO numbers was that it was a damn good game played at a frenetic pace. I’m not a league fan and I’m not from QLD/NSW but this was great TV that grabbed my attention.

    Oh, and a small woot woot for Shaun.

  7. JB July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am -

    That should be 95,000 viewers in Adelaide, not Perth. Which is a great number for Adelaide. All those years of me ringing Nine to complain about not playing Origin live, and them telling me it doesn’t rate was complete BS.

  8. nicks July 18, 2013 at 10:54 am -

    Last week was won by Nine by the biggest margin of any network this ratings year-8.3%.So far from Sunday on this week,Nine has posted wins of 11.0-7.9-7.4-24.2%.Friday and Saturday won’t see those margins,being Seven’s best days of the week,but with Ashes on again(last Thursday giving Nine a 19.8% win)I’d bet anything they win even more massively this week.These are heady times for Nine,and I’m thinking in the 5 years of archives on this blog,they’ve never had 2 weeks in a row like this.Just anecdotally David,can you recall this happening before?I don’t have a dog in this fight but find it’s pretty interesting to finally have a contest and it not just being a question of how much Seven wins by.By the way,did anything interesting happen on Today after Karl’s WWE style exit yesterday?

  9. Earthquake July 18, 2013 at 10:35 am -

    That should be 95K in Adelaide for Origin… But a good result. Origin always has controversy, this year is no different. If it does move to a 3 game back-to-back series I can only see it improving in ratings.

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