• Origin game one a winner for Nine and NSW: Scores 2.35m and 22-12
• Best of the rest: MasterChef, Gruen, Home Delivery & The Project
With State of Origin pre-game coverage starting at 7pm, Home and Away was down to 565,000 after two nights close to 700,000.
House Rules had a rest in Sydney and Brisbane with 343,000 watching in other markets.
Modern Family then did 272,000 and 180,000 for a repeat ep.
A Current Affair had the night off with Origin pre-game from 7pm.
The pre-game coverage did 1.12m, which then climbed to 2.35m for the first game of the 2018 series at the MCG. That is bang on what game one did in 2017. Last year game two did 2.38m while the final match was on 2.49m.
Nine had a network primary share of 39.3% and a combined channel share of 46.0%.
The Sydney primary share was 52.4% while in Brisbane it was 56.9%. With the game being played in Melbourne, the share there was 26.1%. Nine also managed a winning primary share in Adelaide, but Seven ranked #1 in Perth.
New Foxtel signing Adam Gilchrist was talking cricket on The Project with 591,000.
The blue and red teams had to face a memory test last night with a respectable midweek audience of 733,000 for MasterChef up against the State of Origin.
The US drama Instinct then did 357,000.
Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery was on 591,000.
The audience grew to 643,000 for Gruen.
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering featured Tina Arena. There was no Hard Chat, with Tom Gleeson instead presenting an episode of his newish travel show Go Away, this week giving people reasons to avoid Launceston. The episode did 512,000.
A repeat of Untold Australia was the channel’s best on 168,000 at 8.30pm.
Earlier in the night Global Junk Food did 123,000.
An episode of Great British Railway Journeys was programmed at 9.30pm against the end of Origin with 120,000 watching.
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