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Election Night Special scores massive audience

17th October 2020

1.4 million people (AP 5+) tuned into TVNZ 1 to see the 2020 General Election results unfold. An average audience of 530,600 viewers (AP 5+) was recorded on the night too, demonstrating New Zealanders’ high engagement with politics this year and their keenness to stick with the 1 NEWS team right up until midnight.


1 NEWS Vote 20 Election Night Special was New Zealand’s highest reaching and highest rating TV programme on Saturday evening in both key commercial demographics and total audience.


Additionally, TVNZ OnDemand recorded 117,400 live streams for the special broadcast, with another 41,000 streams coming from the 1 NEWS website.


1 NEWS Vote 20 Election Night Special was fronted in studio by John Campbell, Hilary Barry and Simon Dallow. The 1 NEWS political team led by Jessica Mutch McKay crossed live from party bases around the country. Expert panellists Nikki Kaye, Emma Espiner, Liam Hehir and Morgan Godfery gave their perspectives and analysis throughout the evening.