Switched on Kiwis come out for cup
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.