Six Nations
Six Nations sets record TV figures
ESPNscrum Staff
March 22, 2011
England fullback Ben Foden celebrates his try, England v France, Six Nations, Twickenham, London, England, February 26, 2011
England's clash with France was watched by a record audience © Getty Images

This season's Six Nations was watched by record television audiences in the United Kingdom.

The Championship, broadcast by the BBC, was played out in front of packed houses and also an average live viewing figure of 4.6million people.

The number of viewers eclipsed the previous high point since the introduction of the Six Nations in 2000, 4.4m in 2009, as England were denied a Grand Slam by a brilliant Irish performance in Dublin.

England's clash with France drew a peak audience of 9.6m while the opening game between Wales and Martin Johnson's men, the last Friday night fixture for the foreseeable future, was watched by 8.2m. England's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland recorded a figure of 8.0m.

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