Aviva Premiership Audiences Increase by 40% Through BT Sport Coverage

By Community | May 21, 2014

The Aviva Premiership has seen unprecedented television audiences with the Premiership Rugby reporting a 40% rise in television audiences, it was confirmed today.

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.”