Ratings: Nine closes in on weekly win as State of Origin dominates Wednesday

Game three of this year’s State of Origin helped Nine to a decisive win in Wednesday’s prime time TV ratings.

That makes four nights out of four so far this week, virtually ensuring the network can rack up its third weekly win of this year’s OzTAM ratings survey.

Last night’s Origin was a dead rubber; reflected in a 5-city rating for the game of 1,774,000. That is the lowest Origin result since 2006 and down from 2,497,000 that the third game of the 2017 series received, However, it was enough to help secure a network share of 39.3% for Nine. Next best was Seven with 24.5% ahead of Ten (15.6%), ABC (12,9%) and SBS (7.7%).

The pre-game segment of the Rugby League coverage averaged 820,000 with the post match scoring 565,000 in three markets. Earlier, Nine News had 943,000 and 893,000 and Hot Seat 503,000 and 298,000. Later, The Footy Show had 1880,000 including 111,000 in Melbourne.

Seven’s best results came from Seven News (1,134,000 and 1,078,000) and Home and Away (680,000). At 7.30, Seven opted to show House Rules in all markets rather than it usual practice of moving the reality show to Thursdays in NRL states. Last night it averaged 610,000. Also on Seven, The Chase had 610,000 and 367,000 with The Front Bar later capturing 288,000 viewers (196,000 in Melbourne). Wimbledon coverage was coded as 227,000 and 225,000 (late session).

MasterChef was the night’s number one entertainment program and Ten’s best result with a metro rating of 747,000 and scoring a rare win over the Origin game in Melbourne. Instinct that followed averaged 338,000 and Madam Secretary had 144,000 while earlier Ten Eyewitness News had 486,000, Family Feud 341,000 and The Project 607,000 and 375,000.

ABC News made the top ten with 784,000 as The Weekly With Charlie Pickering managed 448,000 in its earlier timeslot. Earlier, 7.30 had 498,000, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery 441,000 and You Can’t Ask That 306,000.

Robson Green’s Australian Adventure did well for SBS with 302,000 with 24 Hours in Emergency averaging 167,000. The public broadcaster’s sport line up saw The World Cup match between France and Belgium rate 222,000 while Stage 5 of the Tour de France averaged 175,000.

In the breakfast TV ratings battle, Seven’s Sunrise averaged 266,000 to lead Nine’s Today on 240,000. In the afternoon, Seven News at 4 had 218,000, Seven News at 4.30 rated 234,000 while Nine’s Afternoon News managed 184,000.

See Wednesday 11 July 2018 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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