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The 2022 Challenge Cup final recorded impressive viewing figures over the weekend.
The final between Huddersfield and Wigan attracted an average BBC TV audience of more than 1.1million. There was also a peak of 1.5million on Saturday afternoon.
On a busy sporting Saturday only the UEFA Champions League Final attracted a greater TV audience. Rugby league’s showpiece event enjoyed an increase of 23% on the average audience for the 2021 final.
It was also the second highest viewing figures since 2014. It was bettered only by the 2020 final which was played behind closed doors at Wembley.
Wigan went on to win the final 16-14, with a 76th Liam Marshall try securing Matt Peet his first major trophy as the Warriors’ head coach. Giants back-rower Chris McQueen claiming the Lance Todd trophy. Harry Smith and Jai Field also scoring for the DW Stadium side.
RFL Chief Executive praises Challenge Cup figures
Ralph Rimmer, RFL Chief Executive, said: “What a wonderful occasion – players and supporters alike showcasing the very best of rugby league from one of Europe’s greatest stadiums and captivating the attention of legions of people in all corners of the country.
“I’d like to thank our valued commercial partners, Betfred and AB Sundecks, our fabulous hosts Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the participating finalists and our broadcast partner, BBC Sport, whose coverage was once again second to none.
“The BBC of course will cover every minute of each of the 61 Rugby League World Cup games taking place this autumn. The tournament promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever, and begins in less than 150 days. This is a huge year for our sport.”
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