Norway King’s speech gets peak television viewing figures

Nearly 800,000 TV viewers watched King Harald's speech on New Year's Eve -- over 100,000 more than in 2018.

Norway King’s speech gets peak television viewing figures
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The viewing figures come from public service broadcaster NRK, news agency NTB reports.

In addition, over 90,000 viewers watched the speech on the TV2 channel.

“This is a significant increase. The King’s New Year speech has always been important for people to watch, and it has always had high numbers of viewers, but we have to go back to 2003 to find higher numbers in the same target group,” NRK head of analysis Kristian Tolonen told Kampanje.

On New Year's Eve, 797,000 viewers watched the King's speech on NRK1, compared to 678,000 viewers the previous year.

The 2003 figure was actually set by Crown Prince Haakon, who deputized to give the speech that year due to King Harald being ill.

Crown Prince Haakon garnered 803,000 viewers in the 10–79 age group.

The King's speech was also shown on TV 2, which had 91,000 viewers, beating its 68,000 viewers on New Year’s Eve 2018.

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