Opinion: Is Darts losing viewers?

Every year on the year, the unstoppable fortnight of brilliant darts and epic entertainment for the viewers and many fancy dress supporters who attend.

The game itself is pretty simple to understand, sending a dart from hand to board with the aim to get to zero from starting on 501 but having to finish on a double score the quickest possible to win a leg. Win five legs, and you win the set, and the best of 13 sets wins.

Potential loss

According to Skysports that during the William Hill World Darts Championship last year sold “quarter of a million pints and 50,000 tickets” during the competition.

Although Sky TV have a channel that is dedicated to darts for the first time, despite that, it has been suggested that the television ratings have been declining even though fans would say it is a great night out.

I may be a newcomer to the sport, I have quickly picked up on the addictive appeal of the dynamics of the game with rather still mixed opinions if I would class it as a sport.

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Being formally recognised by all the UK sports councils in 2005. However, it is very unlikely it will ever be part of the Olympics because to become an Olympic sport has only one world body. Darts has two – Professional Darts Corporation and the British Darts Organisation.

Even though, more viewers than even before watched the Sky Sports coverage of the 2015 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Viewing figures

According to the stats released by Sky said there were more than 1.7 million viewers tuned in for the final against Phil Taylor and Scotland’s Gary Anderson who beat Taylor in a dramatic 7-6 win.

The overall figure reaches over four million viewers on Sky Sports Darts channel which ran from 18 December to 6 January.

Looking at the statistics for a global audience seem to have not increased but hasn’t decreased either.

However, going from looking at the pros to the amateur’s games at the grassroots level, from my experience is that not many people go to the pub to watch a darts match.

It seems it is only the players themselves that support one another in times of frustration and the height of the emotions.

Although having over 2,000 people in the background consistently loud and singing can change the player’s emotions, so maybe it is better not to have many people watching if grassroots are not used to the attention and the atmosphere.


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