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Premiership return records bumper TV viewings in much needed boost

Premiership Rugby have announced round 13 drew in the second biggest TV audience in the history of the competition, with nearly 1 million people tuning in for Saracens clash with Harlequins alone.

The Showdown 4, which saw Saracens thrash their London rivals 52-7, was viewed by an average of 913,000 viewers across ITV and TNT Sports-the highest in the Premiership’s history.

It wasn’t just this game that recorded high viewing figures, with the round as a whole drawing in the second highest viewership for a single round of Premiership action.

The TV records are, of course impressive, but fans also flocked to the stadiums to catch their sides return to Premiership action.

Saracens clash with Harlequins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium posted a huge attendance of 61,214. Across the league, the average stadium capacity rose to 81%, with 32% more tickets issued in comparison to the same week last season.

Fans have turned up in their droves upon the Premiership’s return, and they were treated to some fantastic rugby.

Bristol Bears and Saracens both ran in 50+ points, despite coming into the games lower in the table than their opponents. Elsewhere, Gloucester got one over Leicester, Exeter squeaked past a much more competitive Newcastle and Bath downed Sale Sharks.

The title race was already incredibly close, but Northampton’s loss coupled with other results mean just nine points now separate first and seventh.

The action resumes this weekend, with five more enthralling encounters. Northampton will be looking to bounce back quickly as they take on Saracens, Newcastle take on Leicester Tigers, Gloucester face West Country rivals Bristol Bears, Harlequins will also look to respond against Bath and Sale welcome Exeter to the Salford Community Stadium.