http://www.theaustralian.com.au/med...-blitzes-ratings/story-e6frg996-1226417529569State of Origin III blitzes ratings
- by: Lara Sinclair
- From: The Australian
- July 05, 2012 8:57AM
A RECORD number of viewers switched onto the Nine Network's cliffhanger State of Origin decider last night.
Ratings for the matched peaked at 3.24 million viewers and averaged 2.63 million, up from 2.51 million, which was the previous record set in the first match of the series, according to preliminary OzTam data.
State of Origin II was viewed by 2.47 million in the five capital cities.
Including regional viewers the match telecast averaged 4.04 million viewers and peaked at 4.83 million.
The figures drove Nine to a winning 38.3 per cent share of the total audience, and it topped all the key advertising demographics.
The ratings built throughout the night, beginning with 1.57 million capital city viewers for the pre-match telecast. Viewers also stayed to watch the post-match coverage, which attracted 2.33 million.
OZTAM OVERNIGHT RANKINGS FOR JULY 4
1 STATE OF ORIGIN 3 - MATCH Nine 2,626,000
2 STATE OF ORIGIN 3 - POST MATCH Nine 2,328,000
3 STATE OF ORIGIN 3 - PRE MATCH Nine 1,568,000
4 SEVEN NEWS 1,339,000
5 NINE NEWS 1,260,000
6 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,255,000
7 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,176,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,073,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Seven 971,000
10 ABC NEWS 907,000
11 OFFSPRING Ten 894,000
12 MRS. BROWN'S BOYS Seven 864,000
13 AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT Seven 805,000
14 TEN NEWS AT FIVE 774,000
15 HOT SEAT Nine 710,000
State Of Origin decider top ratings
The Daily Telegraph
July 05, 2012 10:55AM
THE bruising State Of Origin decider has produced a knockout blow in the TV ratings - setting a new record as the highest rating game in OzTam history.
Channel 9's league showcase hit a stunning peak of 4.825 million nationally (five city metro and regional), averaging 4.041 million viewers.
The five-city average of 2.68 million viewers (growing to a peak of 3.236m) set a record both for the match and the 2012 series, which was up 10.42 per cent across the three close encounters
Not surprisingly the game scored in Sydney and Brisbane, but also pulled its biggest ever audience in AFL-dominated Melbourne.
The blockbuster figures are also a win for the NRL, which is currently negotiating a new broadcasting rights deal, with some consideration being given to selling off State Of Origin as a seperate product to the weekly national competition.
Media analyst Steve Allen noted a slight drop in Brisbane audience numbers, putting the shift down to locals crowding pubs and clubs to watch the game (where OzTam cannot measure the viewer reach).