Also growing was the number of hours broadcast, which at 264 hours, was up 29 per cent on the previous year.
The abbreviated form of the game continues to thrive in Asian markets, with the Asia-Pacific once again providing the bulk of coverage.
The 2005/06 series comprised tournaments in Dubai, George (South Africa), Wellington (New Zealand), Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London. [WDR: No Scotland?!?]
It was televised by 32 international broadcasters (up 3 from 2004/05) in 11 different languages and reached 187 million homes (up an impressive 27 million from 2004/05) in 136 countries (up 3 from 2004/05), and had a potential cumulative audience reach of over 475 million (up 25 million from 2004/05). Live coverage more than doubled with 530 hours of action being broadcast.