TV Ratings July 11: Nine wins the night with smallest Origin audience since 2006

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• State Of Origin game three audience plunges below 1.8m
• FIFA World Cup first semifinal over 200,000 for SBS at 4am
• The Front Bar tackles State Of Origin, Footy Show down again


Home and Away was again just below 700,000.

On House Rules round three of the backyard battles continued with 610,000 watching.

The Front Bar did 288,000 with 196,000 in Melbourne. The number was just behind Origin in that market on 234,000.


State Of Origin Game 3 saw the event move back to what is supposed to be a more popular Wednesday night. With a dead rubber after NSW had already won the series, the match did 1.77m. That’s the lowest State Of Origin metro audience since 2006 when 1.64m watched game two.

The metro audiences for the State Of Origin games this year on Nine:

Game 1: 2,353,000
Game 2: 2,122,000 (Sunday)
Game 3: 1,774,000

• State Of Origin: Nine’s history of big rugby league audiences

The AFL Footy Show did 188,000 with 111,000 in Melbourne. It was screened later in the night with Tony Jones filling in for Eddie McGuire.


The Project was on 607,000 as Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson fired up.

MasterChef Australia decided who would get the Super Power benefit. Up against State Of Origin, the episode did 747,000.

The US dramas were next – Instinct with 338,000 and then Madam Secretary with 144,000.


Germaine Greer was the guest of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery as the academic and the TV host strolled around Cambridge with plenty of time spent poking about the Cambridge University Library. The episode did 441,000.

The Weekly has moved into the 8.30pm slot and the episode had a funny Gruen parody complete with The Pitch segment. Kitty Flanagan talked podcasts and then Tom Gleeson had another episode of Go Away – this time visiting Cairns. The episode did 448,000.

Series three of You Can’t Ask That then returned with 306,000.

Adam Hills: The Last Leg was next on 182,000.

Tonightly’s midweek FTA spot did 67,000.


Episode three of Robson Green’s Australian Adventure did 302,000 at 7.30pm.

24 Hours In Emergency repeat then did 167,000.

Stage 5 of the Tour de France was speeding through beautiful parts of Brittany with 175,000 watching.

The FIFA World Cup clash between France and Belgium was on 222,000 with a 4am start.

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