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.
ABC News Breakfast: 78,000 / 49,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 28 May 2014