Grand National Audience Jumps With Tiger Roll Triumph
By Community | April 8, 2019
Viewing figures for the Grand National, always one of the most popular attractions on British television, were up for the big race on Saturday from the year before.
ITV’s national coverage of the race pulled in a peak of 9.6 million viewers, a 12% increase from the 8.5 million in 2018, with the average audience for the whole National show up from 5.1 million to 5.4 million.
ITV has aired the event since 2017.
Tiger Roll became the first horse to win the long steeplechase (30 jumps over four and a quarter miles) twice since Red Rum in 1974.
Racecourse Media Group (RMG delivered full global coverage of the race to broadcasters worldwide.
Channels showing it in the Americas included TVG (USA); Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HPI (Canada); ESPN (Latin America, Caribbean) and SportsMax (Caribbean).
Africa was served by Super Sport (sub-Saharan Africa) and Tellytrack (South Africa).
In Australasia the event was on Sky Thoroughbred Central (Australia) and Trackside (New Zealand).
European broadcasters included National Sports Channel (Russia), Virgin Media 1 (Republic of Ireland), SilkNet (Georgia); Arena Sport 1 & 2 (Slovakia and Czech Republic) and TV Sports (Norway, Sweden, Denmark).
Dubai Racing Channel showed the National in 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Our Sport showed the event live in China and it was on the Japan Racing Association’s Green Channel.