TOKYO -- The Oct. 13 Rugby World Cup match between Japan and Scotland set a TV ratings high for the year, grabbing an average 39.2% share of viewer households in the Kanto region including the Japanese capital, according to Video Research.
The game was broadcast from 7:30 p.m. to 9:54 p.m. by a nationwide network led by Nippon Television Network Corp. in Tokyo. Japan downed Scotland to grab a spot in the tournament's quarterfinals for the first time in the Brave Blossoms' history.
The maximum instantaneous rating in the region stood at 53.7% at 9:41 p.m., when the whistle blew for no side.
The Kanto regional ratings for Japan's matches has been rising as the team's winning streak has continued, hitting 18.3% for the Sept. 20 opening game against Russia, 22.5% for a Sept. 28 game against Ireland, and 32.8% for the Oct. 5 game against Samoa.
(Japanese original by Hiroki Sasamoto, Cultural News Department)