Origin game three delivers 700,000 less than last year

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 12 July 2018

The third and final clash of Nine's State of Origin 2018 series won in all TV ratings demographics overnight, drawing in an audience of 1.77 million viewers. However this was down more than 700,000 viewers compared to last year's decider.

The ratings were down 29% compared with game three in 2017 and it was the lowest rated final game since 2003.

Game three had a national average audience of 2.683 million with a further 909,000 viewers coming from regional audiences.

Queensland snatched a consolation victory against NSW last night, beating The Blues 18-12.

Despite being labelled by Nine commentators as "the best game of Origin in a long time", the game was unable to generate the ratings of game one and two.

A slump in the ratings was to be expected, with NSW sealing a series victory in game two last month, removing the possibility of another blockbuster 'decider'.

Both Brisbane and Sydney proved that pride was not on the line in game three, with viewership in both major cities dropping off by approximately 120,000 viewers each.

The overall 2018 State of Origin series was also down 14% compared to last year's.

Nine still managed to dominate the overnight main channel share, taking a 31.8% share, with Seven in distant second with a 16.6% share.

ratings 10 julySupplied by OzTam.

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