World Darts Championship final becomes Sky Sports' most-watched non-football event EVER, viewing figures reveal

The World Darts final between Luke Humphries and Luke Littler was the most watched non-football event in Sky Sports history with a total audience of 4.8 MILLION.

British sports fans from across the country watched Luke Humphries' world number one beat 16-year-old sensation Luke Littler 7-4 at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday night.

Luke Humphries beat Luke Littler to claim his first world title on WednesdayCredit: Getty
Littler has brought a new wave of darts fans to the sport over the past monthCredit: EPA

And Eddie Hearn has now confirmed it was Sky Sports' biggest ever viewing for a sporting event outside of football.

Explaining how it “broke the viewership record”, the promoter revealed that 4.8 million people watched it with a peak audience of 3.71 million.

Hearn added: “Darts have always been big, last night they got MASSIVE!”

Littler, who made his debut at the World Cup, saw a flurry of interest from new fans in the competition.

He made ocha history by beating 2018 champion Rob Cross to become the youngest ever player to reach the final.

And further history was made during the broadcast as the semi-final battle broke the record for the most watched Sky Sports darts match with 2.3 million viewers.

But 24 hours later, when Littler beat Humphries, the record was broken again by more than two million.

And a huge crowd was treated to an excellent match between the highest rated player in the world and his teenage prodigy opponent.

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Littler had the crowd whipping up by storming into a 4-2 lead when it looked like the fairytale triumph was about to become a reality.

But Humphries roared back, taking five straight sets to claim a 7-4 victory and his first world title.

After an epic battle, Littler was beaten as he insisted he was satisfied with finishing second.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Warrington sensation said: “It was unbelievable.

“I'm happy, I'm in the top 32 [in the world] and I finished second in my debut. It's unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Humphries collapsed in a heap and cried after a double-eighth checkout to win the final.

And his girlfriend was also an emotional wreck as she watched from the front row as his team went wild in celebration.

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