The 12 most watched events on NZ Television

Here are the 12 most watched TV Programmes/Events in New Zealand television history.

(Data is courtesy of Nielsen TAM, reported in thousands of viewers and collected between 1 Jan 1995 – 24th October 2011)

RANK

 PROGRAMME/EVENT

DATE

CHANNEL

 

000s of VIEWERS

 

1.

 RWC 2011 Final (NZ v France)

23/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

2,036,900   

2.

 RWC 2011 Semi-final (NZ v Australia)

16/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

2,024,000

3.

 RWC 2011 Opening Game (NZ v Tonga)

09/09/2011

TV1,Sky,Maori

1,930,000

4.

 Boxing – Tua v Lewis

12/11/2000

TV 3

1,841,230

5.

 ONE News Special – Diana’s death

31/08/1997

TV ONE

1,703,310

6.

 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony

15/09/2000

TV ONE

1,654,310

7.

 ONE News Special – Diana’s Funeral

06/09/1997

TV ONE

1,649,710

8.

 RWC 2011 Qtr Final (NZ v Argentina)

09/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

1,624,400

9.

 RWC 2003 Final (England v Australia)

22/11/2003

TV ONE

1,604,800

10.

 Diana Exclusive

21/11/1995

TV 2

1,516,780

11.

 RWC 2011 Opening Ceremony

09/09/2011

TV ONE

1,499,160

12.

 RWC 2007 (NZ v France)

07/10/2007

TV 3

1,410,410

SOURCE: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5 years and over nationwide – average daily reach) Data collection period: 1st Jan 1995 – 24th Oct 2011

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  • wohucanglong

    Proof that we as a nation love our sport, particularly rugby. Let us never doubt our obsession again, or our religion for that matter. :-P