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State of Origin opener pulls in huge ratings for Nine

Nine’s State of Origin coverage has once again swept all before it, recording another dominant victory in the ratings battle.
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However, the sport’s dominance has slipped somewhat, with ratings slightly down on last season’s record-breaking Game One.

An average of 2.348 million viewers tuned in across the five metro areas to easily hand the first instalment in the annual battle between New South Wales and Queensland a ratings win. With regional areas included, an average of 3.527 million viewers tuned in to watch New South Wales record a resounding 28 points to 4 victory.

Channel Nine’s coverage also collected second and third place, with the pre-show and post-show recording 1.509 million viewers and 1.201 million viewers respectively.

Those figures were enough to give the telecast the biggest ratings numbers of the year so far, and scored Nine a hefty 45.2 per cent of the evening’s total audience.

Perennial ratings winner House Rules was well down the list in 15th place, with Channel Seven choosing not to air the show in New South Wales and Queensland. In order to avoid a certain ratings defeat, the network aired reruns of Border Security and The Force – Behind the Line and will instead run last night’s episode tonight.

Channel Ten’s Masterchef fared slightly better, finishing in 10th place with 704,000 viewers. However it was defeated by State of Origin in all five metro areas and by House Rules in the three metro areas that Channel Seven chose to broadcast the home renovation show.

While the NRL and Channel Nine will be celebrating the ratings victory, the numbers were down 13 per cent on last year’s series opener.

That match set ratings records, delivering the biggest numbers in the history of State of Origin as an average of 2.708 million viewers tuned in across the five metro areas. Nationwide, viewership spiked at 4.423 million viewers, compared to a peak of 4.046 million on Wednesday night.

RATINGS WEDNESDAY 31ST MAY 2017

1 State Of Origin Rugby League Qld v NSW 1st – Match Nine 2,348,000 2 State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 1st – Pre Match Nine 1,509,000 3 State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 1st – Post Match Nine 1,201,000 4 Seven News Seven Network 1,126,000 5 Seven News / Today Tonight Seven Network 1,038,000 6 Nine News Nine 1,009,000 7 Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,003,000 8 A Current Affair Nine 912,000 9 Home and Away Seven Network 725,000 10 Masterchef Australia Network Ten 704,000 15 House Rules Seven Network 585,000 0

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