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TV Watch- RLWC audiences

Billythekid

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It is a shame the replays are counted, That would give a true picture of the tournament. Not sure many will get up at 2am to watch generally a one sided game
Yeah I’ve only caught one game live, I’m watching them all after the fact not at those ungodly hours.
 

Wb1234

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Having all the games on the bbc is going to have a massive legacy for the English game going forward. Let’s hope super league finally gets its act together as they have wasted so many growth opportunities
 

Perth Red

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Kayo is great for tournaments in Europe. being able to watch all games on catch up is perfect. Enjoying the wheelchair comp at the moment.
 

Perth Red

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Rarely get any RL focus by the Beeb, let alone something this positive!

When Great Britain won Rugby League's World Cup in 1972 it created barely a flicker of acknowledgement back home.
Clive Sullivan's extraordinary long-distance try at the State de Gerland in Lyon, France, helped to give the Lions a tournament winning platform.
But it's only become famous long after the event. At the time very few knew about it, very few cared.
Only 4,200 turned up to watch the final in the giant stadium; the tournament hadn't been shown live on television and when Sullivan and his team-mates returned to England a few days later it was to a wave of indifference and anonymity.
They weren't even given winners' medals.
But 50 years on and the latest group of players to represent these isles are achieving real cut through.
If either Tommy Makinson or Dom Young could reproduce what Sullivan achieved five decades on, they're likely to become some of British sport's most recognisable faces.

A healthy 1.8 million viewers tuned in for the men's tournament opener between England and Samoa. And the figures for the other two group games have not been far behind.
On a regular weekend of Super League fixtures, whether they be on satellite channels or free to air, a figure of 300,000 viewers would be considered good. But that number has been surpassed by many of these World Cup games.
The England women's opener against Brazil on a Tuesday afternoon on BBC Two scored with half a million viewers. That's more than a match for the number of viewers who watched the men's Super League Grand Final live back in September.
Australia v Scotland may have been a blow out, but a peak of 800,000 were watching late in the second half on BBC Two.
And many of the matches on BBC Three have also been punching high, with regular audiences of 300,000 plus, more than that channel might have expected for its usual programming.

The TV buzz around the tournament in other regular programming - breakfast shows, news bulletins etc - is making this Rugby League World Cup arguably the most talked about ever by the British public.

The wheelchair tournament is almost certain to build a following and the further England's men and women can progress, the bigger the draw for audiences.
The expectation will be for figures of two million plus if any of England's three teams can go all the way in their respective competitions. In an age when the likes of EastEnders and Coronation Street pull in just over three million viewers for live airings, that would be considered a success.

 

Inkers75

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Having attended the Women's Australia v Cook Islands (which I thoroughly enjoyed) along with the other 3,050, attendances were always going to be scrutinised.

For those outside of the UK you have to realise football/soccer is absolute king and is the dominant sport. To give you an idea, there are over 100 fully professional football clubs each with their own fanbase.

The BBC coverage has been good so far and hopefully some new fans will turn up next season.
 

miguel de cervantes

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Must keep in mind that the RLWC this time is in major media competition for limelight with:
- Soccer WC
- Union autumn internationals and upcoming RWC
- T20 WC

It will be good to get back to clear air when normal 4 year cycle resumes.
 

Bulldog2020

Juniors
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Even if they aren't made public, hopefully Fox provide the Kayo Ratings to the RLWC21/IRL. I am optimistic they would have been good and can help to secure a better deal for 2025.
 

taste2taste

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Even if they aren't made public, hopefully Fox provide the Kayo Ratings to the RLWC21/IRL. I am optimistic they would have been good and can help to secure a better deal for 2025.
If Kayos/fox ratings are good it's in thier best interest to keep them private. Keep the price low for the next WC
 

Iamback

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If Kayos/fox ratings are good it's in thier best interest to keep them private. Keep the price low for the next WC

Doesn't everyone just skip the ads on replay?

I am not sure the people watching on delay helps the viability of it anymore. It helps keep people a month longer though.

FTA coverage in England is the big growth market
 

Iamback

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Must keep in mind that the RLWC this time is in major media competition for limelight with:
- Soccer WC
- Union autumn internationals and upcoming RWC
- T20 WC

It will be good to get back to clear air when normal 4 year cycle resumes.

We are talking 61m population, So the game attracting a 1m is great for the code but shows the huge growth potential
 
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