Despite NSW's best efforts, this great Qld side found a way to win the Origin decider Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
Last night’s 2013 Holden State of Origin Series decider has become the highest rating Rugby League game of all time with 4.232 million Australian viewers tuning in through the Nine, WIN and NBN networks.
With QLD beating NSW 12-10 to win an unprecedented eighth consecutive Origin Series in front of a record crowd of 83,813 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium:
- the 2013 Series became the highest rating in history with a cumulative total audience of 11.966 million viewers watching over the three games (11.897 million in 2012)*;
- the Series recorded the biggest attendance in the event’s history with 215,883 fans across the three games (203,309 set in 2004);
- the Game III audience (4.232 million) surpassed the 2005 Telstra Premiership Grand Final (4.102 million) as the highest rating Rugby League match of all time;
- Game III was the highest rating Origin match in history (previous best: 2012 Origin Game III, 4.063 million).
The match peaked at 3.103 million viewers across the Five-City Metro last night and achieved the highest regional rating ever for any Origin game with 1.533m viewers (previous highest: 2013 Game 1 - 1.466m).
An average of 1.165 million viewers watched the game in Sydney on Channel Nine,with a peak of 1.292 million; while in Brisbane, there was an average audience of 865,000, peaking at 952,000.
In Melbourne, where the game was the highest rating Origin match of all time in the Victorian capital, there was an average audience of 464,000, peaking at 576,000 viewers.
In Adelaide, the game averaged 95,000viewers and peaked at 129.000; while in in Perth, an average audience of 110,000 watched the game live on GEM, with the audience peaking at 154,000.
*Figures based on overnight data since the inception of OzTAM in 2001.