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The 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series has topped three million viewers for the second time this year with an average 2,156,000 viewers (2009: 2,134,000) across the five capital cities and an average 1,059,000 Regional viewers (2009: 1,113,000) tuning in to Game Two of the series last night.

Across the five capital cities the Nine Network’s broadcast peaked at 2,462,000 and across the Regional markets at 1,206,000.

The historic match – which ended in Queensland claiming an unprecedented fifth consecutive series win – dominated its timeslot, taking a 43.4 per cent audience share across the five capital cities, 47.7 per cent on the East Coast and 55.1 per cent in Sydney.

In Brisbane – where a sell-out crowd of 52,452 packed Suncorp Stadium – the Channel Nine broadcast drew a formidable 72.4 per cent audience share, attracting a peak audience of 936,000 and an average audience of 849,000 (2009: 815,000).

In Sydney the match was the number one program on Wednesday night, with a peak of 1,062,000 viewers and an average of 946,000 viewers, the average up 14.5 per cent on Game Two last year (2009: 825,000).

Across the Regional markets, an average 1,059,000 viewers tuned into the match which peaked at 1,206,000 viewers and took a 47.6 per cent audience share.

“More than three million viewers watched last night’s match which is a great achievement,” ARL Chief Executive, Mr Geoff Carr, said.

“To have won its timeslot on so many fronts reflects the huge interest in Origin.

“While the series has been decided, I am sure NSW will be looking to stop a clean sweep by Queensland in Game Three.

“Already more than 50,000 tickets have been sold for Game Three and I know both teams will be hoping plenty more fans get out to ANZ Stadium.”








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* Regional includes Regional NSW, Regional Queensland, Regional Victoria and Tasmania
* Ratings only include 2D TV Ratings
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