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Coronavirus: Sky Germany attracts record audience of over 6 million for Bundesliga restart

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BERLIN (AFP) – The restart of the Bundesliga behind locked doors on Saturday (May 16) attracted over six million viewers watching in Germany, a new record for broadcasters Sky, according to specialist website DWDL.de.

When the German league resumed on Saturday afternoon after a two-month break due to the coronavirus, Sky had 3.68 million viewers watching the matches on its subscription TV channels in Germany.

The domestic figure is more than double the usual audience for a typical round of Saturday matches.

In addition, 2.45 million viewers watched the Konferenz – a simultaneous live broadcast of the five afternoon games, where coverage moved from stadium to stadium.

In the day's main game, Erling Braut Haaland scored the first German league goal since mid-March to help Borussia Dortmund rout rivals Schalke 4-0 and stay in the title race with Bayern Munich, who play Union Berlin away on Sunday.

A spokesman for the German Football League (DFL) said the matches were televised by more than 70 broadcasters worldwide, all on previously-agreed deals.

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With Bundesliga matches played behind locked doors in near-empty stadiums, Sky Germany broadcast the Konferenz on its free-to-view Sports News Channel.

The idea was to discourage fans in Germany from meeting up to watch matches in places with a Sky subscription.

When Saturday afternoon's games kicked off, Sky Germany had a market share of 27.4 per cent on their pay-to-view channels and 18.2 per cent on their free channel.

In the target group of 14-49 year olds, the total market share was "over 60 per cent", according to DWDL.de on Sunday, a record for Sky Germany.

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