New Zealand's six-day victory over India was the World Test Championship game watch more than any other ©Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed that the World Test Championship (WTC) Final was the most-watched match of any in the WTC competition.

Worldwide, 177 million watched the one-off Test.

New Zealand beat India by eight wickets at Southampton in the match, held over six days last month.

There were 130.6 million live viewers, in an audience spread across 89 countries, according to the ICC.

India accounted for 94.6 per cent of the audience.

Coverage was transmitted in English and supplemented by local Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada broadcasts.

"The viewership data for broadcast and digital coverage of the ICC World Test Championship Final presents a really heartening picture, showing strong consumption across territories and languages as well as formats," ICC chief commercial officer Anurag Dahiya said.

The match was the culmination of a competition which had run from 2019 to 2021, the period for which figures were analysed.

"The ICC always strives to give the best possible viewership experience and will continue to invest in resources that enhance the viewing pleasure and engagement of our fans," Dahiya added.

Captain Kane Williamson helped lead New Zeland to the inaugural World Test Championship title ©Getty Images
Captain Kane Williamson helped lead New Zeland to the inaugural World Test Championship title ©Getty Images

"We thank all our partners for contributing to this success and their support in continuing to elevate our standards in the coming years."

In New Zealand, 200,000 watched overnight coverage of the match - a figure the ICC is pleased with given the small population and time difference to England.

New Zealand won on an extra reserve day, introduced in the event of rain delays.

The audience on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom was the highest for any Test not involving England since 2015.

The reserve day generated massive interest on social media, where figures claimed that ICC page on Facebook had 65.7 million individual views across the 24-hour period - a Facebook record, eclipsing 64.3 million recorded during the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Final.

The Instagram network had 70 million individual views, of which 10 percent were on stories.

The ICC’s own Twitter and YouTube channels also had a large number of viewers.

The ICC website and TV app helped increase the total number of views to 515 million.

The new WTC cycle is set to begin next month with the England-India Test series and continues until 2023.