A great victory for Queensland, and a massive victory for Channel 9 with State of Origin Rugby League Qld v NSW 1st – Match (1st – 2,510,000) – the highest ever ratings received for an SOO match. Over one million watching in SYD & nearly one million in BNE, along with other markets, meant it was Ch9’s night (though they couldn’t win the 6pm News nationally). The Block (5th – 1,354,000) wins pre-game, well ahead of MasterChef Australia (10th – 975,000).
Timeslot winners (nationally):
6:00pm: Seven News – Ch7
6:30pm: Today Tonight – Ch7
7:00pm: The Block – Ch9
7:30pm: State Of Origin Rugby League Qld v NSW 1st – Pre Match/Match – Ch9
8:30pm: State Of Origin Rugby League Qld v NSW 1st – Match – Ch9
9:30pm: State Of Origin Rugby League Qld v NSW 1st – Match/Post Match – Ch9
Channel 9 won the night (35.8%), followed by Channel 7 (17%), Channel 10 (13.9%) & ABC1 (8.5%).