TV Ratings June 21: Origin numbers down YOY, up after Game 1

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

• Maroons and Nine’s Wide World of Sports winners after Origin 2
• Nine clear #1, Origin numbers down slightly YOY, but up after G1

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

It was a night of mini-marathons on Seven.

The channel screened two episodes of Border Security: America’s Front Line from 7.30pm with audiences of 488,000 and then 436,000.

Criminal Minds offered a triple treat for fans with 386,000 watching a new episode from season 12, while two episodes followed from season 10.


A special night for Nine with State of Origin Game 2 dominating the ratings.

The match had a combined metro/regional audience of 3,483,000. In metro markets there was 2,380,000 watching. That is up slightly on 2,348,000 watching game one 2017, but it is down on Game 2 last year which had a metro audience of 2,404,000.

Nine’s share was 38.3% across the metro network, with 51.7% in Sydney and 55.3% in Brisbane. Nine was also a clear leader in combined channel share with 45.0%.


Heston Week on MasterChef went up against Origin, with the cooks pulling 761,000 for a challenge giving contestants one hour to create a dish inspired by fire.

The final episode of the wonderful This Is Us followed with 328,000 watching the series one farewell directed by Ken Olin.


Ahn’s Brush With Fame didn’t want to blow a new episode, so its repeated the Amanda Keller episode with 546,000 watching.

The new season of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was on 574,000. The Weekly did 635,000 as it farewelled the slot last week.

Ronny Chieng: International Student did 345,000 after 460,000 last week.

Another special episode of Adam Hill’s The Last Leg attracted a strong guest list examining Britain after the election with 192,000 watching.


Chris Tarrant‘s train ride in Argentina was the channel’s best last night with Extreme Railway Journeys on 255,000.

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