Revealed: The top 40 most watched matches on Sky Sports in 2019

The most viewed matches on Sky Sports this season have featured either St Helens or Wigan, figures show.

Their derby on Friday wasn’t televised, the first time a meeting between the two has not been broadcast live for more than two decades.

The opening day meeting at the Totally Wicked Stadium, which kicked off the Super League season on Thursday January 31, attracted the biggest viewing figure of the year, 181,079 across all Sky platforms.

That put the match sixth across all Sky Sports channels in that week, behind three live Premier League football matches, a Championship football match involving Leeds and Gillette Soccer Special on the Tuesday night.

The top seven viewed games of the season all feature either Saints or Wigan, with Hull’s meeting with Castleford the highest viewed game without either of those two sides.

Wigan’s World Club Challenge match with Sydney Roosters attracted more than 200,000 viewers across the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena channels.

Figures take in to consideration views live on TV and via Sky’s streaming platforms, including laptops, tablets and mobiles.

Only figures for the top 15 shows on Sky Sports weekly are available, which means some matches may not have been listed.

That may mean that matches that were broadcast simultaneously across two channels, such as Main Event and Arena, had more views than what is listed.

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Interestingly, Sunday evening matches perform well, with the second most-watched game the Magic Weekend clash between Saints and Castleford.

The Championship Summer Bash clash between Leigh and Widnes, also on a Sunday evening, attracted 86,858 views, the most-watched Championship game of the season, and 33rd overall.

The only Toronto match to feature in the rankings was their recent trip to Batley, which attracted 58,606 views.

Average views on each day are largely the same, with Friday the most popular – 103,176. Thursday and Saturday are next, with very little to choose between their figures around the 100,620 mark, and Sundays coming in at 97,610.

There are many variables to live viewing figures, such as other events on TV at the same time and also other live rugby league matches being played.

Top 40 Sky Sports matches

Source: BARB / figures from the top 15 watched shows across Sky Sports each week, those outside not included / covers views on live TV and streaming devices (laptops, tablets, mobile) / includes games up to end of June 2019


Thursday31st JanSLSt Helens v Wigan181,079
Sunday26th MayMWSt Helens v Castleford156,137
Saturday25th MayMWWigan v Warrington152,308
Thursday28th FebSLSalford v St Helens149,350
Saturday27th AprSLWigan v Castleford141,351
Friday15th MarSLWarrington v Wigan140,156
Friday22nd MarSLCastleford v St Helens139,816
Thursday7th FebSLHull v Castleford128,003
Friday22nd FebSLSt Helens v Leeds126,181
Friday14th JuneSLLeeds v Wigan126,012
Friday31st MayCCHull KR v Warrington123,428
Friday8th FebSLWigan v Leeds119,371
Thursday21st MarSLWakefield v Warrington116,139
Saturday23rd MarSLCatalans v Leeds115,190
Thursday7th MarSLWarrington v Castleford112,124
Sunday12th MayCCHuddersfield v St Helens109,700
Thursday28th MarSLLeeds v Castleford105,000
Thursday13th JuneSLCastleford v Hull102,598
Friday19th AprSLHull v Hull KR102,313
Saturday9th FebSLCatalans v Huddersfield98,512
Sunday26th MayMWLeeds v London97,660
Friday19th AprSLWigan v St Helens97,500
Saturday25th MayMWHull v Huddersfield96,280
Friday1st MarSLLeeds v Wakefield93,866
Friday21st JuneSLSt Helens v Leeds93,276
Thursday4th AprSLHull KR v Leeds93,270
Thursday14th MarSLHuddersfield v St Helens92,961
Thursday30th MayCCHull v Catalans92,957
Friday17th MaySLSt Helens v Salford90,558
Friday1st FebSLHull KR v Hull FC90,300
Thursday18th AprSLCastleford v Wakefield87,795
Friday10th MayCCHull v Castleford87,435
Sunday19th MayCHLeigh v Widnes86,858
Friday5th AprSLCastleford v Wigan85,380
Saturday2nd MarSLCatalans v Warrington81,200
Friday8th MarSLWigan v Huddersfield81,014
Friday3rd MaySLCastleford v Warrington80,600
Thursday20th JuneSLLondon v Hull KR79,121
Friday29th MarSLHull v Warrington76,800
Sunday26th MayMWSalford v Hull KR76,500