Mon 11 November
The official viewing figures from Saturday’s live coverage of Rugby League World Cup 2013 on the BBC show a peak audience of 2.2m watched England’s final group game against Fiji. The match, which England won 34-12, had a 15% share of the total viewing audience across all channels.
These latest figures compare very strongly with other sport available to audiences on Saturday and shows how Rugby League World Cup 2013 is capturing the interest of the British sporting public. For example the ATP Tennis World Tour Finals on BBC2 at the same time had a 1.2million peak audience, the rugby union England v Argentina international had a peak of 571,000, while the live Premier League football on SKY had a peak of 810,000.
Tonight sees the final group match of RLWC2013 taking place between France and Samoa in Perpignan, kick off 8pm local time (7pm GMT). This game will determine who England and Fiji will play in their respective quarter-finals this weekend and full coverage of the match is available on 5 Live Sports Extra, with highlights on BBC2 at 11.20pm.
RLWC2013 Tournament Director Nigel Wood said: “These figures demonstrate how the excitement and high-quality matches we have seen in Rugby League World Cup 2013 are capturing the wider sporting public.
“It has been fantastic to have seen so many record attendances at the group matches themselves, as well as such excellent viewing figures and the next few weeks, as we enter the drama and tension of the knock-out phases of the tournament, are a wonderful opportunity for the sport to build on this initial success.”
For tickets to the knock-out stages of Rugby League World Cup 2013, including ‘The Big Hit’ semi-final double header at Wembley on November 23 and The Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford on November 30, visit www.rlwc2013.com or call the 24 hour ticket line 08448472013