Skating draws huge TV audience

Kyodo News

The average audience share Friday for the televised women’s figure skating free skate at the Vancouver Olympics, during which Mao Asada won the silver medal, hit 36.3 percent in the Kanto region, 33.9 percent in the Kansai region, and 40 percent in the Nagoya area, Video Research Ltd. said Monday.

According to Video Research, the viewer rating for the free program was the highest at this Olympics. It exceeded the 35.8 percent rating for the 1998 Nagano Olympic ceremony and figure skater Shizuka Arakawa’s gold medal performance at the 2006 Turin Games (31.8 percent).

The viewer rating in Kanto was at 46.2 percent when Nagoya native Asada was performing and just after the points for her free skate were announced.

Meanwhile, the average viewer rating Sunday for the gold medal race between Japan and Germany in the women’s speed skating team pursuit event was 20.5 percent in the Kanto region.