Regards TV viewing figures, the data for the first weekend was as follows: -
Wigan v Hudd Thurs SS1 - 117k
Leeds v Warr Fri SS3 - 141k
Leigh v Hull KR Sat SS1 - 139k
So on there was a very good audience for that first game in the Middle 8's.
With regards the OP, in August 2014 there were 20 SL matches played and in all but 5 of those games the crowd was lower than the home teams season average. Of the 5 that were better than average, 4 came on the last weekend of August and included Leeds v Saints and the Hull derby.
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