Switched on Ki­wis come out for cup

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Nearly ev­ery house­hold in New Zealand tuned in to the first game of the Rugby World Cup, mak­ing it the big­gest broad­cast in our his­tory.

A to­tal au­di­ence of 1.9 mil­lion watched the All Blacks ver­sus Tonga match at some point dur­ing the game, a TVNZ spokes­woman said.

Some of these peo­ple may have been sports-haters who only watched for a few min­utes, but an av­er­age of 1.6 mil­lion watched the en­tire game.

An au­di­ence of just over 1 mil­lion watched on TV1, 443,000 on Sky Sport 1, and a fur­ther 178,000 on Maori TV.

This num­ber does not in­clude the de­layed broad­casts on TV3 and other medi­ums.

‘‘I would think that this might rep­re­sent one of the high­est rates of view­er­ship for a ma­jor event in the host coun­try any­where,’’ Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Sned­den said.

More than 1 mil­lion watched the open­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

The pre­vi­ous ac­cu­mu­la­tive record was the 2000 box­ing bout be­tween David Tua and Len­nox Lewis, which drew 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple, the spokes­woman said.

The 1981 royal wed­ding be­tween Prince Charles and Princess Diana had sim­i­lar view­ing numbers.

Un­til now, the All Blacks had not fea­tured in the top 10 list.

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