Top 12 events watched on NZ TV

October 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ sent these out. This is for combined viewers, regardless of channel.

  1. RWC 2011 Final (NZ v France) 23/10/2011 – 2,036,900
    2. RWC 2011 Semi-final (NZ v Australia) 16/10/2011 – 2,024,000
    3. RWC 2011 Opening Game (NZ v Tonga) 09/09/2011 – 1,930,000
    4. Boxing – Tua v Lewis 12/11/2000 – 1,841,230
    5. ONE News Special – Diana’s death 31/08/1997 -1,703,310
    6. 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony 15/09/2000 – 1,654,310
    7. ONE News Special – Diana’s Funeral 06/09/1997 – 1,649,710
    8. RWC 2011 Qtr Final (NZ v Argentina) 09/10/2011 – 1,624,400
    9. RWC 2003 Final (England v Australia) 22/11/2003 – 1,604,800
    10. Diana Exclusive 21/11/1995 – 1,516,780
    11. RWC 2011 Opening Ceremony 09/09/2011 – 1,499,160
    12. RWC 2007 (NZ v France) 07/10/2007 – 1,410,410

I find it interesting that a boxing match was 4th highest (and 1st before the 2011 RWC).

Of the top 12, seven are RWC matches. three are the death of Diana, and one boxing and one Olympics.

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9 Responses to “Top 12 events watched on NZ TV”

  1. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    Why would you be surprised about the boxing?? Tua getting an Undisputed World Title shot at a champion the calibre of Lewis was a massive achievement for New Zealand sport…
    On an international scale boxing eclipses rugby, netball and yachting (ugh!)- those ‘traditional’ Kiwi sports that we like to beat our chests about kidding ourselves that the World is watching…

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  2. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    Hmm, I count 2 for the death of Diana (unless the broadcast in 1995 was prescient). Most interesting that the Tua/Lewis fight is so high. Is the viewership adjusted for population?

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  3. dog_eat_dog (780 comments) says:

    The Tua fight was huge. I remember driving to a relatives place to watch it with family, and the streets of Auckland being basically deserted. It was the only time I’ve ever seen that before on a Sunday afternoon.

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  4. DaveDustin (11 comments) says:

    These numbers come from the Nielson Panels right?
    500 boxes (~900 people) representing 4.365 million people.

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  5. Mr Magister (409 comments) says:

    If the final was only watched by 2,036,900 people why do I keep being told I am part of a stadium of 4 million?

    I really wish these people would stop speaking on my behalf.

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  6. Michael (909 comments) says:

    The “Stadium of 4 million” concept was about how people coming to the World Cup would be treated to a big festival of rugby wherever they went. If a Romanian went to Palmerston North to watch a rugby game he would have found not only the game on, but events because the game all day. Being good hosts made us the stadium of 4 million, it was never about getting everyone in NZ to watch the matches.

    The RWC 2011 figures are understated as it does not include those who watch at a public place – like the Fanzones, Clubs, and Bars/Pubs. The actual TV audience was probably closer 2.5 million. I remember the biggest rating TV show of all time in NZ used to be “That’s Incredible” with viewership of nearly 50% of all New Zealanders with a TV regularly tuning in – probably just over 1 million people at the time.

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  7. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    This demonstrates starkly either how incredibly sallow we are and/or how incredibly sallow are our media, since our top 12 of all time consists of 75% sport and 25% celebrity.

    Nothing educational or world-shaking there, really. I mean Diana was a critical epoch in world history from certain angles but somewhat less important on a real human tragedy scale than say the invasion of Yemen, as opposed to on an emotional scale, where it was hyper, what with all the celeb build-up over the preceding decades. Forget about the invasion of Iraq, 911, et al. All a bit too complicated for your average Rugby/Diana fan, one assumes.

    Personally though I do blame the media. Even though propaganda works only when people allow themselves to be stupefied by it, it’s the fucking MSM who insist on dishing it out, all the time. What is truly surprising are the number of doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and other professionals who you’d think would have a clue, don’t. To most of them, like everyone else, it just slips by under the radar. Like everyone else, they turn into slack-jawed yokels around this sort of stuff.

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  8. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    Come on, 9/11 was the big one. On the morning of 12 Sept 2001, EVERYBODY was watching TV with their mouths wide open in shock and horror. Obviously those taking viewing figures were too busy watching to take count.

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  9. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    Come on, 9/11 was the big one.

    Good point Crusader, perhaps a terrorist attacked the Nielson ratings that day and they hushed it up.

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