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More than 1.2million Australians tuned in to watch last night’s historic VB Test between Australia and New Zealand.

A combined average of 1.217 million viewers across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne watched the Nine Network’s live broadcast of the match, which marked the official opening of Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

In Sydney last night, an average audience of 563,000 watched the VB Kangaroos defeat New Zealand – up 100,000 viewers on last year (2009: 462,628) – with the broadcast taking a 41.3 per cent audience share across the free-to-air networks.

Brisbane’s audience share was 47.1 per cent, equating to an average audience of 397,000.

Hosted in Melbourne in front of a 29,442-strong crowd, the VB Test drew an impressive average of 257,000 viewers in Melbourne and a peak audience of 335,237.

“Last night was certainly an occasion which deserved a big audience and this is a fantastic result,” ARL Chairman, Mr Colin Love AM, said today.

“The match gave fans a real sense of the excitement and intensity of Test match Rugby League and of what they can expect in the Four Nations later this year.”






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