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.