- May 22, 2004
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Fair points fellas, but most of those quotes did come from the tournament organisers, so I suppose you're going to get a bit of PR drivel.Was going to say the same thing - 6N games get between 4.5 and 6 million generally, depending on who's playing.
If the England vs Argentina game was on BBC1 it would probably get at least 3-4 million I would guess.
Just to put the 2.2m number into context - the 30th most watched program on BBC1 in the week of that Eng/Fiji game drew just under 4million viewers.
If you put anything on BBC1 during the daylight hours, you're pretty much guaranteed a couple of million viewers.
Again - not trying to be dismissive - but that sort of stuff, is just PR dribble.
All the same, 2.2 million for a game against a minnow like Fiji ain't bad, even if the semi final against New Zealand only did marginally better with around 3 million.
I suppose that just shows how minor the game is over there though... you lot have 3 times our population, but over 4 million have tuned in to watch each of the first two Rugby League State of Origin matches over here, while the figures for the Wallabies tests against France were a fraction of that from what I hear (tried to look them up for an exact figure, but a bit tricky).
Either way though, it's good to see League getting a little bit of notice in the UK given how poorly managed it has been. It's gotten the point where I'm almost going for England when they play us now because it'd be good for the game if we had a genuine rivalry like we do in Union. But for whatever reason the Super League just doesn't produce halves of the same standard as those in the NRL and England generally never looks like beating us.