Hull KR and Catalans Dragons both made their Channel 4 debut last weekend with the French side eventually running out 20-8 winners.
Channel 4 has been a revelation with its coverage as commentator Mark Wilson and pundits such as Leon Pryce and Kevin Brown impressing throughout with their analysis.
And, last weekend’s broadcast of Hull KR and Catalans certainly went down a treat with a programme average viewing of 207,000 – 4.3% of the TV share – whilst the match itself took an average of 254,000 – 5.2% of the TV share – with a minute peak at 314,000.
It is a big improvement on its recent coverage of Wigan Warriors’ victory over Salford Red Devils which took on an average of 213,000 viewers which equated to 3.2% of the TV share with the peak of 270,000.
Channel 4 has registered some seriously impressive numbers in the past with the opening game of the broadcasting’s 2022 season featuring Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves bringing in three-quarters of a million viewers.
Since then, however, numbers have gradually reduced.
That average viewing figure was lower than the Channel 4 Super League fixture when Warrington Wolves took on Wakefield Trinity – with a peak of 297,000 and a 3.4% of the coverage at that time.
However, it does seem that Saturday afternoon is the most popular time for viewers to tune in rather than Sunday which bodes well considering the next fixture sees Castleford Tigers take on Wigan Warriors at 2pm on a Saturday.