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Rugby: Japan-Scotland match set 2019 TV ratings record

Japan supporters cheer the Brave Blossoms at International Stadium Yokohama (Nissan Stadium) in Yokohama on Oct. 13, 2019, as the team beat Scotland to qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals. (Mainichi/Tatsuya Fujii)

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)

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