The State of Origin decider between Queensland and the Blues by a whopping 2.476m viewers last night – the biggest single audience on television this year – with a national average of 3.765million viewers.
The audience in Sydney alone was nearly 1.09m viewers, with another 900,000 in Brisbane and 338,000 in Melbourne. The metropolitan audience peaked at 2.82m.
Across the five capital cities an average of 2.476million viewers tuned in to witness the Queensland Maroons secure an historic sixth consecutive series with a 34-24 win against the NSW VB Blues, with Brisbane recording the city’s most watched program since the introduction of OzTAM ratings.
In Melbourne the match drew the highest ratings in four years with an average 340,000 viewers tuning in to the live broadcast.
Both the national and the five capital city figures represent the highest Origin numbers since the OzTAM ratings began and eclipse the previous records of 2.468million and 3.636million respectively, both set by Game One in 2010.
Across regional Australia, the 2011 Series decider was the second highest rated Origin Game ever, with an average audience of 1.289million tuning in.