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Moscow World Championships Men's Marathon Broadcast Earns 26.9% Peak Viewership Rating

http://dogatch.jp/news/tbs/18712

translated by Brett Larner

As part of its nine-day broadcast of the Moscow World Championships beginning August 10, TBS' broadcast of the August 17 men's marathon earned an average viewership rating of 23.1%, with peak viewership logged at 26.9%.  The highest viewership ratings came at 8:59 p.m. near the 9 km point of the race with a shot of members of the Japanese team in the lead pack chasing after breakaway leader Tadese Tola (Ethiopia), at 10:24 p.m. near 36.8 km when Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) was running in 6th in pursuit of the lead group, and at 10:26 p.m. when Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't.) ran past a group of supporters from his hometown of Kuki near the 35 km point.

The Japanese men's 4x100 m relay team also earned good ratings on the August 18 broadcast.  With an overall average viewership of 13.0% for the broadcast slot from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., viewership increased gradually from 10.2% at 9:46 p.m. for the team's preparation for its heat to 17.2% for the start of the race at 9:58 p.m.  The maximum ratings of 18.5% came just afterward when the team finished 2nd to qualify for the final and team members were awaiting confirmation.  The 10:15 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. slot including the final averaged 14.0% viewership, with 17.0% at the start of the race at 11:40 p.m. and the time slot's peak of 17.7% a minute later immediately after the finish.

Comments

TokyoRacer said…
Really? I didn't know viewership could be tracked so accurately minute by minute. I wonder how they do that. Is that done in the US also? Anyone in America know?
Brett Larner said…
Given the news these days, it doesn't seem that surprising that there is accurate, real-time tracking of digital broadcast viewership.....
Anonymous said…
Given the rumours that the timing of the race was link to TV schedules in Japan, it is good that the race got such a good audience.

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