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NZGT highest rating in a decade

Published: 4:06PM Tuesday December 04, 2012 Source: ONE News

Sunday night's final episode of New Zealand's Got Talent (NZGT) made it the country's highest rating television show in a decade.

Since NZGT debuted in September, an average of 1.4 million Kiwis have tuned in to watch each episode.

TV ratings service Nielsen TAM recorded more than 930,000 viewers for the programme's final episode, which saw Marlborough teenager Clara Van Wel named the winner of New Zealand's Got Talent 2012.

With 51% of the available audience tuning in, NZGT achieved a 22.9% rating among all New Zealanders aged 5-plus.

Before Sunday night, more than 854,000 had watched the variety show on TVNZ's Ondemand service.

The viewing figures are not as high as for some one-off events. The highest ever viewership was for the Rugby World Cup final last year which was watched by just over 2 million people in New Zealand.

Head of TV ONE and TV2 Jeff Latch says TVNZ never doubted NZGT would be a major success.

"From the outset, the goal was for New Zealand's Got Talent to be the biggest entertainment event of 2012," he said. "For it to become the biggest show of the past ten years shows that viewers have embraced the format."