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Super Rugby TV numbers up, but …

A quick look at the 2012 Super Rugby TV numbers for 2012 suggests that numbers are up, but not breath-takingly so, and a worrying little trend seems to be creeping in …

A look at the comparison between 2011 and 2012:

So Super Rugby viewers are up, but so are the total number of TV viewers, and the percentage share of total viewers has dropped …

A look at the Average and Cumulative TV numbers over the first 10 rounds, showing the worrying trend in the last two rounds:

It is key to note that in those last 2 rounds, though, that 2 SA sides had byes, and there were no SA derbies:

Round 10 fixtures:
Waratahs 33 – 37 Crusaders
Cheetahs 33 – 36 Highlanders
Force 3 – 17 Stormers
Chiefs 33 – 14 Hurricanes
Lions 20 – 34 Brumbies
Blues 11 – 23 Reds

Round 9 fixtures:
Bulls 36 – 34 Brumbies
Sharks 12 – 18 Chiefs
Waratahs 30 – 21 Rebels
Hurricanes 14 – 42 Crusaders
Reds 13 – 23 Stormers
Highlanders 30 – 27 Blues

And finally, a look at all the numbers:

So it looks like those SA derbies are driving the local YV audience, which does make sense, as you have two sets of fan bases watching one game …

Source: Distrubuted by Repucom SA, and based on numbers from DSTVi

Coming later … The incredible Vodacom Cup TV numbers!!

Author: Tank

Ex WP prop with a fair amount of experience in all things media ...

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