Super League fixture records second highest TV audience on record

Sky Sports’ live coverage of the fixture between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens attracted their biggest peak audience of the season.

And that peak was reached during the breathless 10 minutes of golden point extra time, during which Lewis Dodd snatched a dramatic 13-12 win for the champions – after the teams had been level after 80 minutes.

It had the 2nd highest average programme audience on our records, the 3rd highest average match audience on our records and 5th highest peak audience on our records.

That was the second match to go to extra time on consecutive nights and it had been a similar story 24 hours earlier at Hull KR, whose home game against Wigan Warriors had also been shown live on Sky Sports – with viewing figures again peaking during the additional period as Wigan snatched victory with a sensational Liam Farrell try.

Away from the Betfred Super League, Viaplay attracted their biggest peak audience figure of the season for the Betfred Championship for the York Knights versus Featherstone Rovers fixture which completed the action on the first day of the Summer Bash.

The continued progress of the Betfred Women’s Super League was also reflected with live coverage of two fixtures on two different platforms – Sky Sports showed the St Helens victory at Leeds which preceded the men’s fixture on Friday evening, and Our League streamed York Valkyrie’s win against Warrington Wolves which kicked off day two of the Summer Bash on Sunday.