It may have been hoisted on them via COVID, but the NRL’s decision to play the State Of Origin series post the regular season appears to have fallen flat.
Nine’s coverage of the Blues-Maroons match (won by Queensland 18-14) pulled 1.598 million viewers according to OzTAM metro numbers.
Putting that in perspective, 2019’s first game pulled 2.181 million which made last night’s game the worst telly numbers since 2001.
The pre-match coverage pulled 745,000, while 486,000 hung around for the post-match synopsis.
Interestingly, last night’s news programs didn’t see any real significant upswing given the US election.
Nine easily won Wednesday with 37.6 per cent of all of last night’s eyeballs (all channels).
The ABC clearly enjoyed a spike from anti-Origin fans, it managed an impressive 23.6 per cent. Seven could only muster 18.5 per cent, 10 did 13.5 per cent and SBS pulled 6.9 per cent.
The ABC’s evening ran this way: 7pm news (641,000), Gruen (601,000), Hard Quiz (596,000), USA Votes: America’s Decision (384,000) and Reputation Rehab (305,000).
Seven’s best was its 6pm news (1.049 million) and Home And Away (584,000),
Nine’s 6pm news did 763,000 and Hot Seat had 367,000.
10’s evening went this way: The Bachelorette (470,000), The Project (466,000) and 10 News First (318,000).