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I think this proves that we need more matches where Wakefield are the away side in a neutral venue.

The public have spoken.

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3 hours ago, Eddie said:

Really good figures, especially considering the National was on at the same time as the second game. 

Indeed.  Apparently, they were the best figures for this round for the last four years.

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20 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Indeed.  Apparently, they were the best figures for this round for the last four years.

Great to see good viewer figures.

When you say best figure for 'this round' in four years, does that mean best for the third round (which is usually when League 1 teams enter the draw) or best figures for the round that Super League teams usually enter?

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10 minutes ago, Barley Mow said:

Great to see good viewer figures.

When you say best figure for 'this round' in four years, does that mean best for the third round (which is usually when League 1 teams enter the draw) or best figures for the round that Super League teams usually enter?

Yes, I wondered about that too, BM.  I was just quoting what is said on the BBC's website RL page.  So, not too sure, in reply to your specific question.

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3 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Yes, I wondered about that too, BM.  I was just quoting what is said on the BBC's website RL page.  So, not too sure, in reply to your specific question.

I believe they are comparing it to the previous rounds of 16, which has been Round 6 in recent years.

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17 hours ago, ShropshireBull said:

On a serious note think it shows the need when bk to normal to get SL teams in the cup as early as possible. 

We need to get more Rugby League on terrestrial TV full stop. The championship games I've seen so far this season have been great. Really entertaining stuff. If we can't get Super League, lets go with the championship. With names Like London, Newcastle, York, Bradford, Toulouse. There's plenty to excite new spectators to our great game. 

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1 hour ago, fighting irish said:

We need to get more Rugby League on terrestrial TV full stop. The championship games I've seen so far this season have been great. Really entertaining stuff. If we can't get Super League, lets go with the championship. With names Like London, Newcastle, York, Bradford, Toulouse. There's plenty to excite new spectators to our great game. 

It's crazy that the RFL doesn't attempt to milk the BBC contract for more exposure.

If they could even get another round of coverage of the tournament on BBC TV, it generally equates to another million people (at worse) seeing Rugby League.

Naturally this can be significantly more if it involves SL teams or is a high profile fixture with some history (ie. Bradford v Leeds).

Same with England matches, on average these alone average over a million (and peak usually around 1.5m) regardless of whether England is playing Australia or Scotland or Wales, so why wouldn't you just be scheduling games every year at home?

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2 hours ago, fighting irish said:

We need to get more Rugby League on terrestrial TV full stop. The championship games I've seen so far this season have been great. Really entertaining stuff. If we can't get Super League, lets go with the championship. With names Like London, Newcastle, York, Bradford, Toulouse. There's plenty to excite new spectators to our great game. 

We aren't going to get Champ sides on bbc but echo above. Next year, SL clubs in cup all at once and get England vs Tonga or France midseason before a test series november. 

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22 hours ago, ShropshireBull said:

On a serious note think it shows the need when bk to normal to get SL teams in the cup as early as possible. 

I'm sceptical that it being Wakefield or Catalans compared with it being a non-SL club makes much difference to the TV viewing figures. There's a big audience for live sport in this country. Some of the half a million people who might normally be a football ground on a Saturday afternoon would happily watch a decent game of RL on the BBC. Likewise some of the substantial number of people who normally spend their Saturday afternoons in shops or in pubs.

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1 minute ago, JonM said:

I'm sceptical that it being Wakefield or Catalans compared with it being a non-SL club makes much difference to the TV viewing figures. There's a big audience for live sport in this country. Some of the half a million people who might normally be a football ground on a Saturday afternoon would happily watch a decent game of RL on the BBC. Likewise some of the substantial number of people who normally spend their Saturday afternoons in shops or in pubs.

I agree which is why the dumb thing where we keep the bigger teams locked away way too late is worse.  Help our tv partners and ourselves by having the 12 SL (and top 4 champ clubs if easier) all enter same time and make big games on bbc more likely. 

You could argue that rfl trying to protect final by making it more likely big teams make it but I think a better strategy is just to hope we get big games every round. 

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20 hours ago, Yakstorm said:

It's crazy that the RFL doesn't attempt to milk the BBC contract for more exposure.

If they could even get another round of coverage of the tournament on BBC TV, it generally equates to another million people (at worse) seeing Rugby League.

Naturally this can be significantly more if it involves SL teams or is a high profile fixture with some history (ie. Bradford v Leeds).

Same with England matches, on average these alone average over a million (and peak usually around 1.5m) regardless of whether England is playing Australia or Scotland or Wales, so why wouldn't you just be scheduling games every year at home?

The RFL does very well to get the BBC coverage it does, their disdain for the SL Show is an example of their underlying attitude to RL. 

Not much club sport is shown on terrestrial TV in the UK, and definitely not on the BBC. 

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