State of Origin behemoth rolls on

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 18 June 2015

The second match in the State of Origin series attracted a larger audience than game one on a five-city basis, but was slightly down on last year's corresponding clash.

A total of 2.48 million people watched the second match on Nine's main channel, with viewers in Perth watching the match on GEM, bumping up the five city figure to 2.62 million.

While this was up on the first game this year, which pulled in 2.43 million, it was down on last year's corresponding clash which pulled in a five-city metro audience of 2.72 million, according to the overnight OzTAM estimates.

The match had a national average audience of 3.94 million.

However, with the series very much alive for game three, it could be reasonably expected that there will be more viewing interest than last year's game three which was a dead rubber.

The State of Origin had a halo effect for other Nine programming before the game, with News and A Current Affair filling up the first six spots on the schedule for the night.

The sports juggernaut won Nine a 46.3% share for the night, followed by Seven which had a 19.1% slice.

Seven's news programming and Home and Away managed to hold up for the network, while MasterChef grabbed 875,000 metro viewers for Network Ten.

Ten managed a 16.3% share for the evening, with the ABC coming in with a 14.2% share.

Check out the numbers for yourself below:

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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