Channel 4’s Super League coverage has been impressive to say the least in 2022.
After signing a two-year deal at the beginning of the year, even Channel 4 may not have believed it would have been so well received as it has been.
It has been declared ‘a breath of fresh air’ by viewers with hosts Adam Hills and Helen Skelton and pundits of Danika Priim, Sam Tomkins and Leon Pryce entertaining those that have tuned in with witticisms and insight on the game of rugby league.
No wonder, then, that viewing figures have not dipped below an average of 189,000 for all eight games so far broadcast by Channel 4 in what has been a rip-roaring Super League season.
And, viewers will be keen to learn that Channel 4 still have two more Super League games to be covered – beginning with this weekend’s clash between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The program will come onto our televisions at 12.30pm, ready for a 1pm kick-off as Ian Watson goes up against his former side determined to propel his Huddersfield side to two major finals in 2022.
Then, next weekend, Channel 4 will once more be thrust to the fore with cameras heading to the Totally Wicked Stadium to watch St Helens do battle against their semi-final opponents.
Again, that game will come on our television screens at 12.30pm with a 1pm kick-off. But, Channel 4 will be battling against Sky Sports for viewers for both of those games with the play-off fixtures not being exclusive to the terrestrial provider.
However, a whole host of rugby league fans have outlined their desire to watch the Channel 4 coverage as they press for more games to be covered in 2023.
With that in mind, it is hopeful that more games will be struck in a deal between the rugby league governing body and the terrestrial channel for next season.