It was a strong start to the 2017 Holden State of Origin Series with Nine's coverage of Game I on Wednesday 31 May 2017 attracting an average national audience of 3.527 million viewers, making it Nine’s No. 1 program of the year. The game was also the No.1 program of the night with all key demos across the 5 City Metro.
Game II on Wednesday 21 June, 2017 was a blockbuster reaching an average national audience of 3.483 million viewers. Viewers were up on Game I across the 5 City Metro and Game II was the No.1 program of the night with all demos and Total People.
Don’t miss ‘The Decider’ – Holden State of Origin Game III, which is building as the biggest game of rugby league ever. From 7.00pm on Wednesday, July 12, Wide World of Sports will produce a special one-hour pre-match show live from Suncorp Stadium – the spiritual home of State of Origin.
Nine commentator and NSW’s most successful coach, Phil Gould, says: “This will be the biggest game of rugby league ever. It will break all the records. The Blues smashed Queensland in Origin I before Queensland and their champions showed us why they are exactly that in Origin II. It all comes down to this – The Decider!”
Exclusively LIVE and FREE, ‘The Decider’ will give the audience unprecedented access to the players and coaches with expert analysis from rugby league Immortals Andrew “Joey” Johns and Wally “The King” Lewis, along with Origin legends Peter Sterling, Paul Vautin, Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler and Phil Gould.
Speaking on the announcement, Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “The build-up to The Decider will be incredible. There are so many angles and stories to tell that we’ll struggle to get it all in – even with the extra half-hour.”
• SIX TACKLES WITH GUS – The hardest opinions and news stories throughout the 2017 Origin series will be covered every week on Six Tackles with Gus. Nine’s James Bracey will discuss the biggest rugby league issues of the week throughout the series with NRL legend and expert commentator Phil Gould.
• WWOS.NINE.COM.AU - Wide World of Sports will have expert analysis before and after each Origin match, with Gus Gould to pen an exclusive column on Wednesday and Thursday on top of his Six Tackles with Gus podcast. David Middleton will run his rule over the key statistics that will determine the Maroons and Blues fate, while the WWOS team will have the latest news about each side in the lead-up to the match.
• NINE NEWS - Week nights from 6pm - Your favourite nightly news service will deliver the most up to date news leading into Origin III. Led by Cameron Williams and Wally Lewis, Nine’s expert rugby league reporters Danny Weidler, Neil Breen, Julie Snook and Danika Mason will have all the biggest stories from either side of the border.