The final figures have been totted up for live TV audiences in the Championship for the 2016/17 season.

All 46 rounds of matches in the regular season – so which games proved most popular?

The top seven ratings all involved Newcastle United, with the 2-0 win at Leeds in November at the very top, watched by 826,000.

Runner up was the clash of the top two at the end of February, with 705,000 tuning in.

In third spot it was the rematch of Newcastle and Leeds at St James Park, 673,000 watching that one.

Promotion night against Preston, in the second last home match of the season, only crept in at number nine.

Whilst the last gasp title winning day at St James Park against Barnsley was ditched by Sky Sports in favour of the relegation battle – would have been interesting to see how many would have tuned into that.

Aston Villa v Leeds was the only one to break Newcastle’s perfect 10, attracting 508,000 and picking up eighth spot.

Whilst Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds matched the 444,000 that switched on for Forest v Newcastle in 10th place.

Newcastle United dominated when it came to fans putting bums on seats at St James Park and the live TV audiences were just as clear cut.

2016/17 highest live TV audiences in the Championship recorded by BARB as reported by The Star:

  1. Leeds v Newcastle 826,000
  2. Brighton v Newcastle 705,000
  3. Newcastle v Leeds 673,000
  4. Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday 598,000
  5. Blackburn v Newcastle 584,000
  6. Fulham v Newcastle 531,000
  7. Aston Villa v Newcastle 524,000
  8. Aston Villa v Leeds 508,000
  9. Newcastle v Preston 483,000
  10. Forest v Newcastle 444,000/Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds 444,000


  • Andy Mac

    Then there’s all the unrecorded viewers and those who sat and watched abroad like me. Toon were undoubtedly a gift to Sky in their battle to outdo BT on football nights. I wonder if the same can be said about Vile next season ?

  • giimps

    It would be interesting to see what the previous and following seasons top 10 were and will be next season.
    It will also be interesting to see how much the championship bums on seats count drops by compared to this season.
    Will we miss the championship?…..unlikely
    Will we be missed in the championship, again , unlikely ….maybe by the bean counters somewhere