Prem Rugby TV audiences rise

Picture: Getty Images Picture: Getty Images

Aviva Premiership Rugby has achieved a massive 40% rise in television audiences, it was confirmed.

The top flight of English club rugby - in its first season on BT Sport - recorded an average live weekend TV audience of 358,000 across the Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season, rounds 1-22.

The biggest match audience was recorded in October when 276,000 people tuned in to watch Leicester Tigers win at London Wasps.

A combined season audience of 7.88 million watched Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs live on BT Sport this season, compared to 6.14 million for the same period last year.

"We expected to see a rise after moving our live TV coverage to BT Sport, but this increase is beyond anyone's projections. We are delighted,” said Dominic Hayes, the Commercial Director at Premiership Rugby.
"We firmly believe that the Aviva Premiership is the most exciting and compelling domestic league in the world and these figures prove that it is a very appealing TV proposition.

"These figures coupled with the 3% rise in attendances this year show that the league is stronger than ever. It has been a great season and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 31 May is set to be a fitting climax. When you look at the audience for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights Show on ITV each weekend (434,000) it means almost 800,000 people are watching Aviva Premiership Rugby each weekend. The numbers from pubs and clubs, and through BT Sport's app and website, are in addition to this – so the total TV audience is actually much higher."

• The average match audience is now 119,000, up 38% on last season
• The weekend average live audience is now 358,000, which is 40% up on last year
• 7.88 million have watched Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs live on BT Sport this season, compared to 6.14 million for the same period last year
• ITV Weekend Audience 434,000, up 6% on this time last season
• Combined weekend audience of 792,000
• Figures are based on all individuals average audience

The rise in TV audiences is also reflected in the digital reach of Aviva Premiership Rugby with particular success after the relaunch of Premiership Rugby's YouTube channel at the start of the season.
• Premiership Rugby's YouTube channel – 2.99 million views, up 122% on last season
• Premiership Rugby Eplayer channel – 32.9 million views, up 141% on last season
• Premiership Rugby TV – 369,000 video views with 245,000 unique users

Sign up to the Chiefs Newsletter

To receive a copy of the Exeter Chiefs Newsletter, please enter your email address below. You will then receive an email to confirm that you wish to receive it. You can unsubscribe at any time simply by following the link at the bottom of the email.