Anyone watching the Champions League final?
@Visionman Is that peak, or average? It was 4/6m on ITV alone last year, without an English club involved, so to me this year seems very disappointing by comparison.
2017 - BT Sport says that an average of 2.8 million TV viewers watched Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 last Saturday evening (why did ITV show champions league final last year when it is exclusive to BT Sports? Can you point to your source for that figure please.)
You can never compare Freeview with payed for, best comparison would be SKY's highest viewing figure for a Premiership match last season (does anyone have that).
But just as an example -
FA Cup which averaged 6.7 million viewers and peaked at 8.7 million
Two well supported English clubs on freeview, I would say the champions league figures are pretty good really for a payed for channel (and an internet side show).
Well, you can compare, I just have.
Just for people that like exactness :-
BT Sport 2 only.
Peak - 4.71m (25.8%) at 21.20 Match average - 4.33m (23.3%)
@redchiz so this year 6.5m opposed to 4.3 last year..I would say that was pretty good and better than when it was shown on a PSB free channel in 2015 (almost unheard of).
'And it was "free" after all, just not in a way that many people obviously bothered to access it.' - most programmes would be very happy to get 1.8 million viewers - not sure if SKY's most watched premier match drew that many watchers and they payed billions ;-)
BT lose the SPFL (Scottish football) to SKY in an undisclosed financial deal but is believed to worth up to £40 per season.https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/bt-sport-commentator-writes-bosses-13609128So BT Sport have now lost SPFL plus let go the NBA, Serie A and the UFC (from January).I know they said they were going to 'streamline' content, as have SKY, but thats a lot of content.
@Visionman - I know Scottish football is quite low in the sports rights but I think it is worth more than £40 a season
My own personal circumstances it may be a fair bit a rights but not any that I have ever watched (this also includes German, French and Italian football). As long as they keep Champions League, some Premiership, MotoGP, WRC and Speedway I am happy. Maybe they should look at picking up the MotoE that starts next year Pickup some progressive sports rather than the same old same old...
Scottish Football was always a problem as it was split between SKY and BT and therefore any true fans would need both anyway so they may actually be happier (although most agree BT's coverage was actually better than SKY's).