SA dominate S15 TV numbers

2012-07-11 10:05

Cape Town - South Africa dominate Super Rugby TV viewership according to the latest figures released by RepucomSA.

According to the Front Row Grunt blog, all but two of the 20 most viewed matches in this year's Super Rugby tournament to date were hosted in SA - and all but one of those matches included an SA side.

A staggering 13 of the of the 20 most viewed games were SA derbies, with the Bulls v Stormers clash at Loftus Versfeld in early June pulling a combined SuperSport (SA), Fox Sports (Australia) and Sky Sports (New Zealand) audience of over 1 million viewers.

The SA Conference winners, the Stormers, were involved in eight of the top nine most viewed games alone, while New Zealand sides were involved in six of the top 20 most viewed games and Australian sides in just two...


  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 10:10

    8 of the top 9 games included the Stormers - Not bad fpr a team that plays unattractive rugby

      seanb09 - 2012-07-11 10:24

      Half those viewers most probably bulls supporters, praying we lose :)

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-11 11:09

      Need we say more!? SFL i am really amazed about the lack of viewers from the other countries! I can understand allot of our games are played in the wee hours of the morning over there by them but the fact that when a top Aus side plays a top NZ side that they dont even attract more than 700000 viewers!

      OzzyIn - 2012-07-11 11:18

      jono, that is because Rugby Union ranks #4 in winter sports in Australia and #5 in participation. Aussie Rules, Rugby League and soccer are all higher in viewership. Netball is also higher in participation. After watching Rugby League and Aussie Rules until 10 or 11pm on a Saturday (after games in both codes on a Friday night), Australians are not going to get up 2am to watch a Super Rugby game from South Africa. Even if they have just got home from a night out, there are better things on the TV.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-11 11:35

      @ OZZY...point taken and that is why i said i am suprised when a big Ausie team plays a top NZ team (shouldnt be 2 in the morning, should be in the afternoon by them) that they dont get more than 700k viewers.

      steyts - 2012-07-11 11:35

      I thought it was lower than that in OZ. I know in Sydney the people like their rugby union but the rest of the country is not that crazy about it... Wonder why... A few years back I visited Oz and went to go watch a Sydney Roosters game and to be honest I didn't find it that entertaining...

      louwc - 2012-07-11 12:00

      @Jono - Also remember that NZ total population is only 4.5 million and Aus just over 22 milion vs RSA' reported over 50million. - 2012-07-11 12:10

      Jono and steyts, on the east coast you have Aussie Rules live from 2pm through to 11pm on a Saturday. Rugby League starts from 5pm to around 10pm also on a Saturday. On top of that there are usually 2 Rugby League games on a Friday night and the Aussie Rules 'game of the week' on a Friday night. Rugby Union ranks below Aussie Rule and Rugby League in terms of participation and following on the east coast. N.S.W., the A.C.T. and Queensland have the biggest following for Rugby Union but it is swamped by coverage for Aussie Rules and Rugby League. Rugby Union missed the boat starting up 'Super' Rugby only after Aussie Rules and Rugby League expanded and became entrenched in these areas. The rest of Australia, in particular Melbourne and Perth, do not really care for Rugby Union as Aussie Rules dominates and Rugby Union gets little exposure from schools upwards. This is why the Rebels and Force fail. If it wasn't for the expat South Africans in Perth, no one would watch Rugby there. That is why Australia versus South Africa tests in Perth are a farce. It is a 'home' game for South Africa.

      PhreakOz - 2012-07-11 12:47

      Population differences and also time difference, most people record the games. SA hosted games start at 1am, and 3am here in Australia, and 3am, 5am in the morning in NZ. Also, AussieInSA, Melbourne crowds average 15 thousand, not bad for a new team finding their feet with bigger crowds than Perth and ACT! Go Rebels! En vir die Semis, go the Bulls!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-11 22:34

      Iouwc!! In reality SA has only 4.5 million interested in watching rugby, the rest just try crack the GOLDEN EGG!!!!!!!!!!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-11 10:12

    so /if we wan the kings and the lions they should? >>>>> pipe down

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 10:16

    Most wanted to see how the Stormers were going to be beaten and week after week they were dissapointed. I would also like to see the stats about the most supported teams that played at there respective home grounds cause from what I saw on TV Loftus and the rest were never full except once again when the Stormers played:):)

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 10:28

      That would be a great stat to see, never thought of it that way, I know Newlands is the stadium with the best average attendance, just thought it was the best supported home team, but you are right they are team with the best attendance, even in other stadiums - Stormers fans love to see their team, and for opponents it is THE team they want to beat.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 10:45

      would be interesting to see the same numbers for the spectators who actually went to watch the games..

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 10:56

      Spot on Pieter,Newlands has been very well attended over the years even during the Currie Cup you will get a fair amount in.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-07-11 10:21

    SO WHY DO WE KEEP bowing down to the Aussies and (to a lesser extent) NZ? Let's grow some balls SA Rugby, we've got the power.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 10:32

      Exactly, without our audience they've got squat.

  • petrivoges - 2012-07-11 10:25

    Is anybody except South Africa watching rugby? How is that New Zealand or Australia even have a say about how this competition is maintained.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 10:34

      I love the fact that no one in NZ watched the Stormers/Lions game, and it is still in the top 5. That just goes to prove your point.

      eric.viljoen - 2012-07-11 10:38

      They couldn't watch it. It wasn't broadcasted.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 10:46

      @Eric - that was not my point - my point was that even-though not a single Kiwi watched the game, the game still made it into the top 5 watched games of the season.

      eric.viljoen - 2012-07-11 10:56

      @pieter, I wasn't disagreeing. I just stated relating to your comment

      Marcel - 2012-07-11 11:17

      All super games are shown over in nz and aus, it is just the time zone that screws it up they just couldnt be bothered cause they knew the result of the game even before it started

      cogill2 - 2012-07-11 11:52

      500 people in australia and new zealand watching one game and thats tv viewers, how messed up is that.

  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 10:44

    I know some kiwi is going to throw the population issue at us - the "we do not have as many people as SA has" - but if you look at the stats - no 1 on the list we do not have 100 times the population of New Zealand and a huge part of SA's population (70%+) does not watch/play/like rugby.

  • DieKriek - 2012-07-11 11:05

    The only non-SA game, and SA still had 100K more viewers watching

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-11 11:08

    In Australia rugby is not popular at all. We are the only ones who take this sport seriously.

      OzzyIn - 2012-07-11 11:25

      Correct. And that is also why SuperSport will not show the Rugby League from Australia. Are for more entertaining and competitive sport. If Rugby fans in SA get to see it, they will convert in droves.

      charleselphick - 2012-07-11 12:53

      I now live in Ozzie and find league utter crap!!! Union is born into South Africans blood and nothing will change that. Rugby is meant to be a game of all shapes and sizes. League is in essence 13 big back line players scoring tries willy nilly. There is no itricatness to it. State of Origin is so hyped, that too was crap! Surely a defender will do anything in his power to stop a try being scored even if he takes a card for it - Rugby, a game where if the ball goes forward it is illegal. League - in certain instances if the ball goes forward its still deemed legal. Union - Real Rugby, League - Crap. Nuff said! - 2012-07-11 21:49

      Charles, you are clueless, The State of Origin series was one of the best ever played. The final game of the series decider won by a field-goal with 5 minutes left and then the maroons having to hang on to it. SA Rugby Union is only for guys that grow on steroids in varsity. The size of the Union players from South Africa is abnormal. It is about time the IRB looks into this because the SA authorities wont or turn a blind eye to it. I only watch highlights of some of the "Super Rugby" games but I must have seen at least 20 tries that have a forward pass in the lead up. Not to mention all the other forward passes that go 'undetected'. Rugby League is far from perfect from a refereeing perspective but it is way ahead of Union. Put it this way, why is it that any new innovation that gets introduced in Rugby League in Australia eventually gets taken up by Union? Video reviews was the latest of many. Anyway, in Rugby League the emphasis is scroing tries. The emphasis is Rugby Union is winning/kicking penalties. BORING. And that is why it does not attract TV audience in Australia and NZ.

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-11 11:14

    The Adult Sleep Disorders Center ,send out emails to all their patients to watch the stormers games ,it proves to be the most effective therapy for sleeping disorders,known to mankind

      justin.hemming.94 - 2012-07-11 11:35

      Yip - and the Sharks vs Bulls game was turned on by mistake at a Budda Temple, and all the high priests were awoken from their Vows of Silence and started singing "We are black, we are white, we are dynamite"

  • actanonverba.daniels - 2012-07-11 11:18

    Would like to see some of the games with Aus highest audiance.

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-07-11 12:34

    what the hell happen to the Stormers vs Lions game in NZ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 13:18

      i think when new zealanders see the worst side vs the most boring side they go to bed.

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-11 14:07

      tom.tardis: You are so right - When The Bulls Play ( Usually Lose ) They People go to sleep !!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 14:32

      are u partial or full retard? the game referred to is stormers lions and there r no nz viewers or should i draw a picture for u derpa derpa? classic numb nuts

  • wayne.vandriel - 2012-07-11 12:44

    Interesting that that the game where the NZ audience was it its highest, & the SA audience at its lowest...there were still more South Africans watching that game... (Crusaders vs Blues). Only 3 Australian teams in all of those matches.

  • PhreakOz - 2012-07-11 12:56

    This article, although good to know is not comparing apples with apples. How many South Africans would watch the foreign games If they were on at three or five in the morning? Compare a prime time derby in each country in relationship with the actual population! The same numbers will show that Australian and NZ audiences have actually grown quite a lot since the induction of the S15, and introducing the conference system. It's win win win for all involved! - 2012-07-11 21:48

      Actually quite a few here in SA would get up at those times as they have no other sporting options in winter.

  • Trevor - 2012-07-11 13:25

    BAsed on these dismal numbers from NZ and Oz; i think SA should be calling the shots in SuperRugby!! without South Africa this tournament would be a farce. In fact i'm surprised the NZ and Aussie union sides even get sponsors and that the Lions battles to find an investor until MTN dug them out. - 2012-07-11 21:45

      Kind of tells you where the money is. The South African Peso is worth squat internationally and so is the country's influence in the world of sport.

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-07-11 13:36

    Bulls fans only watch these games as they want to see a side that wins.... Stormers Groete

  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-11 13:52

    You have to remember there are a lote more people in sa then in aust or NZ

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 14:33

      u have to remember that is obvious

  • yagyah.rabin - 2012-07-11 14:03

    Stormers and Lions lol. NZ didnt even bother

  • bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-11 14:05

    Yep and those clowns from Pretoria think their team plays good rugby , the public knows better

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 14:34

      yeh thats not what it says on my 3 championship DVDs u know, the ones they release when ur team wins the 'ship? oh right, no, you dont maybe one day ur team will have its own ship winning dvd

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-12 05:37

      so they issue a ship winnig dvd? wow - what is the Bulls ship called this season? The Titanic?

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