State of Origin Game one draws HUGE 1.91 million viewers – as NSW demolish Queensland

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State of Origin Game one breaks record for 2021 as a whopping 1.91 million viewers tune in to watch the NSW Blues demolish Queensland in Townsville

A record breaking 1.91 million viewers officially tuned in to watch the NSW Blues celebrate a massive victory over Queensland during Game one of State of Origin on Wednesday evening. 

It’s the biggest audience numbers so far for any program or event in 2021, completely eclipsing the competition, according to TV Tonight.  

Fans and spectators reveled as New South Wales crushed the Maroons in a 50-6 thrashing in Townsville. 

HUGE! State of Origin Game one draws BIGGEST crowd of 2021 with 1.91 million viewers as the NSW Blues demolished Queensland

HUGE! State of Origin Game one draws BIGGEST crowd of 2021 with 1.91 million viewers as the NSW Blues demolished Queensland

The tally of viewers doesn’t even account for regional audiences, which means that number is even higher.     

By comparison, the match numbers easily surpassed Channel Nine’s biggest reality program, Married at First Sight, which recorded 1.3 million eyeballs for it’s season eight finale in late April. 

While the audience ratings are a brilliant achievement for the NRL, it still falls slightly short of the 2.1 million metro viewers that watched Game one of 2019.

Top of the ladder: The State of Origin opener viewership didn't account for regional audiences, which means that number is even higher. It easily surpassed Channel Nine's biggest reality program, Married at First Sight, which recorded 1.3 million eyeballs for it's season eight finale

Top of the ladder: The State of Origin opener viewership didn’t account for regional audiences, which means that number is even higher. It easily surpassed Channel Nine’s biggest reality program, Married at First Sight, which recorded 1.3 million eyeballs for it’s season eight finale

Channel Nine effortlessly topped the competition for Wednesday night, raking in 43.3% share of the viewership, followed by Seven (22.7%), 10 (14.9%) and the ABC (13.1%).

Other shows that screened at the same time included 7:30 (ABC) in second place with a recorded 554,000 views, MasterChef Australia (10) with 532,000 and Big Brother (Seven) with 510,000.   

Seven News had the second highest audience numbers for it’s time slot on Wednesday – reaching just over one million.

Beaten: Channel Nine effortlessly topped the competition for Wednesday night, raking in 43.3% share of the viewership, followed by Seven (22.7%), 10 (14.9%) and the ABC

Beaten: Channel Nine effortlessly topped the competition for Wednesday night, raking in 43.3% share of the viewership, followed by Seven (22.7%), 10 (14.9%) and the ABC

Last night’s opener is the first time an Origin match was played at the new North Queensland stadium in Townsville. Tickets sold out within minutes as 28,000 fans attended the match live. 

The game was originally scheduled to be held in Melbourne but had to be moved due to the state’s coronavirus lockdown. 

Wednesday’s demolishing victory was the first time the Blues had won Game one of Origin since 2018. 

Opening with a victory: Last night's match is the first time an Origin game was played at the new North Queensland stadium in Townsville. Tickets sold out within minutes as 28,000 fans attended live

Opening with a victory: Last night’s match is the first time an Origin game was played at the new North Queensland stadium in Townsville. Tickets sold out within minutes as 28,000 fans attended live

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