Luke Littler's World Championship fairy-tale sets viewing record in UK

Many Britons are glued to the TV screens following Luke Littler's sensational performance at the World Darts Championship. His semi-final win against Rob Cross (6-2) even created a ratings record.

As many as 2.32 million Britons were turned on Tuesday night on British pay channel Sky Sports to watch Littler play. According to PDC chairman Eddie Hearn, the match was better watched than popular British events such as the Ryder Cup (golf) and The Ashes (cricket).

Never before has a PDC darts match been so well watched. The old record dated back to 1995, when 1.65 million viewers tuned in for the match between Phil Taylor and Bob Anderson.

A new ratings record beckons Wednesday night as 16-year-old Littler takes on top favourite Luke Humphries in the final. Many Brits will no doubt be curious to see how the teen sensation will fare against the new world number one.

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