Live TV Match Viewing Figures Damning For Ashley & Pardew
The days of Newcastle United being everybody else’s second favourite team seem a very distant memory, especially with the release of the latest live TV match viewing figures.
Of course it was never the case that fans of other clubs necessarily wanted Newcastle to win under Kevin Keegan, and to a lesser extent under Sir Bobby.
What the ‘second favourite’ tag was all about, was the fact that Newcastle United were so exciting to watch.
Great attacking football and scoring goals, something worth switching on for whether you supported Newcastle or whoever.
All the shameful things Mike Ashley has done can be listed by many of us, but maybe the figures below, are the most damning indictment on where the Newcastle owner and puppet Pardew have dragged us down to.
The table below shows that Newcastle were a shocking 14th in terms of the average TV audiences who bothered to watch this season.
While it has been painful viewing for those of us who go to matches, TV viewers would clearly rather watch Swansea, Everton, Sunderland(!), Cardiff, Stoke(!!), Norwich and Villa…never mind the half dozen you would maybe expect to be established at the top (Figures up to and including 20th April – for Premier League Live TV matches).
The very fact that Newcastle have only featured 12 times on Live TV tells you everything, especially in the second half of the season when United have hardly been shown at all. In past seasons Newcastle were always in the top handful of TV picks.
Instead only 8 clubs were selected for fewer live TV Premier League matches, with an average of only 870,500 watching each live Newcastle match, making a total TV audience of only 10,446,000 for the season, with only Liverpool to come.
No wonder Mike Ashley has only bothered to come and watch the team he owns on a handful of occasions!
Ashley is succeeding in dragging this club further and further down and ironically massively reducing the TV audiences for all of the free SD and other brands advertising he gets at SJP.
While every other club is trying to make themselves a more attractive proposition to their own fans, neutrals and commercial partners – Mike Ashley sinks Newcastle United further the other way.
Thanks to the ever excellent Sporting Intelligence for this table of figures;
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