The Phil Gould Show
Phil Gould reveals why NSW finally "get" what State of Origin is all about.PT9M11S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3afk4 620 349 June 19, 2014
New South Wales' victory over Queensland in the State Of Origin has given the Nine network a record ratings win.
Nine scored the biggest television audience of the year and the biggest audience for the game since Oz Tam ratings began in 2001.
About 2.7 million people watched game two of the historic series (that is for five metro cities, plus Gem in Perth) to push the broadcast into the number one position for the year.
The wait is over: Jarryd Hayne celebrates with fans moments after the end of the match. Photo: Getty Images
"It is now the highest rating show on Australian television in 2014," a statement from Nine announced, confirming the post-match segment attracted 1.897 million viewers and the pre-match segment had an audience of 1.747 million.
Once regional numbers are factored in, it is expected the numbers will grow even more.
Ten's MasterChef was the most-watched non-sport event of the night with with 859,000 viewers, followed by Home And Away with 850,000 and Ten's drama Offspring with an audience of 823,000.
Before Wednesday's game, the biggest State Of Origin audience had been game three in 2012 with 2.62 million, closely followed by this year's game one on 2.6 million.
Most watched shows on Wednesday
1. State Of Origin II, NSW v Qld (Nine/Gem) - 2.682 million
2. State Of Origin II,, NSW v Qld post match (Nine/Gem) - 1.897 million
3. State Of Origin II,, NSW v Qld pre-match (Nine/Gem) - 1.747 million
4. Seven News (Seven) - 1.206 million
5. Nine News (Nine) - 1.154 million
6. News News 6.30pm (Nine) - 1.082 million
7. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) - 1.041 million
8. A Current Affair (Nine) - 1.013 million
9. MasterChef (Ten) - 859,000
10. Home And Away (Seven) - 850,000
12. Offspring (Ten) - 823,000em
- with AAP