A combined Metro and Regional average audience of 3.644 million viewers (peak of 4.209 million) watched on as the Queensland Maroons narrowly beat the NSW Blues in a heart-stopping Game One State of Origin victory.
The 2015 State of Origin Game 1 is now the highest rating show on Australian television for 2015, followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup final also broadcast on Nine.
An average audience of 2.432 million viewers across the 5 City Metro market (including 114,000 viewers watching on GEM in Perth) watched Queensland take the game 11-10 with a last minute field goal.
Across the 5 City, the match was up in audience by 296,000 viewers from the last State of Origin match (Game3 on July 9, 2014 averaged 2.137 million).
The tense game peaked at 2.754 million viewers (including a peak of 151,000 on GEM in Perth) and was the number one program across the 5 City Metro, along the East Coast, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
In the Regional markets, Game One averaged 1.211 million viewers, peaking at over 1.455million.
Nine’s State of Origin pre-match show averaged 1.549 million viewers and peaked at 2.061 million across the 5 City Metro. In Regional areas the pre-match show averaged 833,000 viewers.
The post-match wrap-up averaged 1.019 million viewers and peaked at 1.583 million in the 5 City Metro areas. In the Regional market the post-game analysis averaged 697,000 viewers.
In Sydney, an average of 1.092 million viewers watched the game on Channel Nine, with a peak of 1.188 million.
In Brisbane, an average audience of 769,000 watched the game, with a peak of 858,000.
In Melbourne, an average audience of 380,000 for Total People, with a peak of 456,000.