Origin scores 2.6m viewers for Nine network

By David Knox on May 29, 2014 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 23

2014-05-29_1016The Blues victory over the Maroons, as expected, overwhelmed the TV landscape last night.

The State of Origin match pulled 2.49m viewers on Nine and another 109,000 on GEM in Perth.

At 2.6m total viewers it was the highest Game 1 in OzTAM history and the biggest Overnight numbers so far this year.

In Sydney, the match also pulled the biggest ever Sydney audience for an Origin match in OzTAM history, at  1.23m. Another 747,000 were watching in Brisbane and 426,000 in Melbourne.

Nine network’s huge share was 44.6% then Seven 23.9%, TEN 16.2%, ABC 12.0% and SBS 4.0%.

Following Origin for Nine were Nine News (1.27m / 1.24m), A Current Affair (1.09m), Hot Seat (681,000), Big Bang Theory (544,000 in 3 cities) and The Footy Show (336,000 in 3 cities).

Seven News (1.24m / 1.16m) led for Seven then Home and Away (940,000), Million Dollar Minute (656,000), House Rules (640,000 in 3 cities), Deal or No Deal and Movie: The Help (both 398,000).

MasterChef Australia managed 779,000 and Offspring 766,000 for TEN. The Project was 626,000 / 424,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 621,000 and The Good Wife was 418,000.

ABC News (843,000) still tops ABC1 followed by 7:30 (663,000), QI (524,000 / 417,000), Spicks and Specks (331,000), Jonah from Tonga (240,000). Upper Middle Bogan repeats were 134,000 / 128,000.

Walking Through History (320,000) led for SBS ONE then SBS World News (147,000), One Born Every Minute (123,000) and The Bridge (98,000).

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is most popular with kids on ABC2′s 330,000.

Sunrise: 360,000
Today: 303,000
ABC News Breakfast: 78,000 / 49,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 28 May 2014

23 Comments »

  1. scruffy May 30, 2014 at 12:33 am -

    Great game last night, and I’m from Melbourne.

    I think a lot of people underestimate the popularity of league in Victoria. We have one of the best teams in the competition and some of the best players, as represented in the match last night. We get impressive crowds to Storm’s home matches and as the ratings show from last night, Melbournians love their sport.

  2. A. May 30, 2014 at 12:24 am -

    Holy crap about the ABC1 figure… This doesn’t mean QI will be messed with again for Chris Lilley will it. I presume not.

    Congratulations to Nine.

  3. jvanzoe May 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm -

    Of course State of Origin would rate well. It has nothing to do with what network it is on, I bet if it was on ten it would still rate the same. It just happens to be that nine gets to show the State of Origin which is good for them cause most of Brisbane and Sydney love it.

  4. David Knox May 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm -

    Given it was live at 5:30 WST yes also a fair point.

  5. MJL May 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm -

    I’d say it’s on GEM in Perth because of the time difference and it would be on at the same time as their news. Same as 7 Perth showing AFL on 7 Mate.

  6. David Knox May 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm -

    I’d suggest it’s on GEM because they don’t feel there is enough audience to justify it on Nine.

  7. The Other Adam May 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm -

    It’s interesting that Perth are able to watch the SOO in HD and they’d be the state the least interested in the game!

    Is it just because it’s delayed they can show it in HD?

  8. Ann May 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm -

    It was the first competitive game in many years, so the results are as expected

  9. Pete May 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm -

    Would be surprised if Chris Lilley gets any more chances at ABC.

    Jonah from Tonga is a flop. I think there has been one too many d**k jokes.

  10. ryaneco May 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm -

    @Veritas
    Origin doesn’t rate in Melbourne?! Don’t know if you looked at the figures but it was 462,000 – the highest rating program of the night in Melbourne.
    Sure its not Syd/Bris figures but thats a brilliant figure – for a normal show to get 462,000 in Melbourne the national figure would be up around 1.5-1.6 million = hit.

  11. cnrmlj May 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm -

    I’d hardly call 423,000 viewers in Melbourne not rating. Wasn’t shown in Adelaide and 109,000 for Perth on gem seems reasonable.

    Week in week out nrl in the southern states different story.

    Anyway, good result for nine. One of the best origin games ever IMHO and I haven’t said that for a long time.

  12. jonno May 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm -

    @Veritas – You say State of Origin doesn’t rate in Melbourne. 426,000 made it the No.1 show in Melbourne last night. Not sure what you mean.

  13. Sunny May 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm -

    I agree with Billy C, Veritas does not know what he is talking about. Look ar the figures. 428000 watched Origin in Melbourne on 9 and only 320 thousand watched HR on 7.

  14. D@GP May 29, 2014 at 11:52 am -

    Good to see the Good Wife numbers rise – hope they stick around for the rest of the season.

  15. MJL May 29, 2014 at 11:46 am -

    @ Veritas May 29, 2014 at 11:13 am –

    Not sure if serious? I certainly hope not.

  16. Billy C May 29, 2014 at 11:27 am -

    @Veritas – I’m sorry but you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. The origin results are some of the highest numbers of the year. Nine knows in advance that it will only be popular in the two states involve and price and schedule their ads accordingly. If your rationale was correct they wouldn’t bother making the NRL footy show. Some advertisers like a national audience but not all. If you don’t have a business in NSW you’re not going to advertise there. Ever watched tv in Perth? Lots of local businesses advertise.

  17. once-upon-a-time May 29, 2014 at 11:22 am -

    Pretty sure Network Nine will be hoping for a QLD win next game, and if so, then who knows what the numbers will then be for the decider?

    I also wonder if it goes to a third game decider, if Network Ten will suddenly refuse to alter their schedule (instead of the usual bumping and/or out of sequence stuffing around) or even worse run MC and new episodes of NCIS and Elementary, and then wonder why they didn’t win the night, instead running an ‘ Encore’ of Sir Andrew Bolt interviewing both PM Mr Abbott and AG Mr Brandis??

  18. Veritas May 29, 2014 at 11:13 am -

    In TV terms, the ratings for Origin are not good news for Nine because the success was confined to two cities, Sydney and Brisbane. It doesn’t rate in Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. Advertisers seek a national audience, and while the beer and betting ads were being seen in the northern states, at the same time there were almost eight million people they couldn’t reach.

  19. Beckala May 29, 2014 at 11:13 am -

    Almost everyone I know (literally!) is time shifting Offspring (going home to do that this afternoon) – so those time shift numbers will be interesting. I’m waiting for the Jonah repeat on ABC2 replay tonight too…

  20. Dantheman84 May 29, 2014 at 11:01 am -

    Ten held up pretty well. Dave any chance you give us the numbers for the late shows/tonight show id be interested to see how they stack up?

  21. Den May 29, 2014 at 10:55 am -

    TGW up from last week. Even though I had already watched it before, couldn’t help but watch it again.

  22. kieran May 29, 2014 at 10:35 am -

    Brilliant episode of The Good Wife last night! Brilliant!

  23. Billy C May 29, 2014 at 10:31 am -

    Obviously Origin changes everything but the earlier Spicks and Specks repeat on ABC2 got 257k. Higher than Jonah and not far off the new version. Pretty hard for the new team to establish themselves when the old show is on earlier the same night.

    Offspring did pretty well.

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