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Cameron Smith - State of Origin Game I. NSW v QLD at ANZ Stadium, Sydney - Wednesday May 27, 2015.   PHOTO: Murray Wilkinson - SMP IMAGES.COM

A combined Metro and Regional average audience of 3.644 million viewers (peak of 4.209 million) watched on the edge of their seats as the XXXX Queensland Maroons narrowly beat the NSW VB Blues in a heart-stopping Game 1 State of Origin victory.

The 2015 State of Origin Game 1 is now the highest rating show on Australian television for 2015, followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup final also broadcast on Nine.

An average audience of 2.432 million viewers across the 5 City Metro market (including 114,000  viewers watching on GEM in Perth) watched Queensland take the game 11-10 with a last minute field goal.

Across the 5 City, the match was up in audience by 296,000 viewers from the last State of Origin match (Game 3 on July 9, 2014 averaged 2.137 million).

The tense game peaked at 2.754 million viewers (including a peak of 151,000 on GEM in Perth) and was the number one program across the 5 City Metro, along the East Coast, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

In the regional markets, Game 1 averaged 1.211 million viewers, peaking at over 1.455 million.

Nine’s State of Origin pre-match show averaged 1.549 million viewers and peaked at 2.061 million across the 5 City Metro. In regional areas the pre-match show averaged 833,000 viewers.

The post-match wrap-up averaged 1.019 million viewers and peaked at 1.583 million in the 5 City Metro areas. In the regional market the post-game analysis averaged 697,000 viewers.

In South East Queensland, an average audience of 769,000 watched the game, with a peak of 858,000. Last night’s audience grew in comparison to the first game last year with Total People up 2.5% year-on-year, People 18-49 up 7.2%, People 25-54 up 5.2% and People 16-39 up 3.8%.

The Nine Network in SEQ had an impressive free-to-air share of viewers watching the match across Total People (54.0%), 25-54 (57.5%), 18-49 (59.8%) and 16-39 (56.8%) demographics.

In Sydney, an average of 1.092 million viewers watched the game on Channel Nine, with a peak of 1.188 million. It was the number one program for Total People and all key demographics: 25-54, 18-49 and 16-39. Game 1 gave the Nine Network in Sydney a massive free-to-air audience share with the Total People (51.8%), 25-54 (53.9%), 18-49 (56.4%) and 16-39 (60.3%) demographics all switching on to the coverage.

In Melbourne, an average audience of 380,000 for Total People, with a peak of 456,000. The Nine Network in Melbourne achieved impressive free-to-air share last night with the Total People (26.4%), 25-54 (29.1%), 18-49 (29.6%) and 16-39 (30.0%) demographics.

The ultimate Origin online experience ( had over a quarter of a million visits and over half a million page views, in 24 hours making it the most viewed site on 9Jumpin

Over 49,064 #Origin Tweets were logged last night with a match high 857 tweets per minute recorded at 10:13pm when the final whistle blew.



SOO Game 2 – MCG, Melbourne

Wednesday, June 17, at 7.30pm

SOO Game 3 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Wednesday, July 8, at 7.30pm


** Check local guides for details. (CHANNEL NINE (Syd, Mel, SEQ) GEM CHANNEL (Adel, Per)