Channel 4 is set for a massive two weeks in terms of its Super League coverage.
For the first time ever, Sky Sports will be sharing its Super League play-off coverage with a television rival in Channel 4.
That Channel 4 has come in with huge intentions and a huge viewership behind them has helped them no end, with the viewing figures revealing a stunning development in rugby league coverage.
From its first broadcast game of Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves all the way back at the start of the year, to the last game broadcast between Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants, numbers have been well into six figures – and long may it continue!
The Channel 4 production has brought in a wave of optimism, and, alongside IMG, is expected to usher in a new era of confidence in the sport.
At the beginning of the year, the terrestrial channel only set out to broadcast ten games – eight regular season matches and two play-off fixtures.
It’s always interesting to gauge how a new broadcaster such as this to the sport fares and it’s safe to say it has performed superbly well, so much so that people are clamouring for more for 2023.
On Saturday, Channel 4 will once more get its fun in the sun as Huddersfield take on Salford again on the terrestrial provider – this time at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Not only that, Channel 4 will have to go up against Sky Sports in a battle of the broadcasters in order to achieve a higher viewing figure.
They will have to, however, make do without host Adam Hills who will be absent on Saturday due to playing in the Physical Disability Rugby League Finals Day.
Hills will be back for the semi-final of the play-offs next weekend for a full complement of hosts and pundits for the last Channel 4 broadcast of the year.