PDC World Darts Championship

The PDC World Darts Championship, known for sponsorship purposes as the William Hill World Darts Championship, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), is a World Professional Darts Championships held annually in the sport of darts. The PDC championship begins in December and ends in January and is held at Alexandra Palace in London and has been held there since 2008. It is the most prestigious of the PDC's tournaments, with the winner receiving the Sid Waddell Trophy, named in honour of the darts commentator Sid Waddell, who died in 2012.

PDC World Darts Championship


Tournament information
VenueCircus Tavern (1994–2007)
Alexandra Palace (since 2008)
LocationPurfleet (1994–2007)
London (since 2008)
CountryEngland
Established1994
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatSets
Prize fund£2,500,000 (2020)
Month(s) PlayedDecember/January
Current champion(s)
 Gerwyn Price

The PDC championship began in 1994 as the WDC World Darts Championship as one of the consequences of the split in darts, which saw the World Darts Council break away from the BDO. As a result of the settlement between the BDO and the WDC in 1997, the WDC became the PDC, and players were thenceforth free to choose which world championship to enter (but not both in the same year), as long as they met certain eligibility criteria. Both organisations continued to organize their own world championship until the 2020 editions, after which the BDO folded.

There have been ten different winners since the tournament's inception. With 14 wins from 25 appearances, Phil Taylor has dominated the competition, last winning it in 2013. The other players to win it more than once are John Part (2003 & 2008), Adrian Lewis (2011 & 2012), Gary Anderson (2015 & 2016) and Michael van Gerwen (2014, 2017 & 2019). The one-time winners are the inaugural champion Dennis Priestley (1994), Raymond van Barneveld (2007), Rob Cross (2018), Peter Wright (2020) and Gerwyn Price (2021).

History

In 1992, some high-profile players, including all previous winners of the BDO World Darts Championship still active in the game, formed the WDC (now PDC), and in 1994, held their first World Championship. Dennis Priestley won the inaugural competition.

The players who broke away were taking a significant gamble – the tournament was broadcast on satellite television rather than terrestrial, and from 1994 to 2001, the prize fund for the players in the WDC/PDC World Championship was lower than the prize fund in the BDO version, although the 1997 PDC World Champion received £45,000 compared to that year's BDO World Champion receiving £38,000. In 2002, the PDC prize fund overtook that of the BDO for the first time, and the PDC event now boasts the largest prize fund of any darts competition. In 2010, the prize fund reached £1 million for the first time, with the World Champion collecting £200,000.

The 2014 and 2015 PDC World Champions collected £250,000 for their respective wins. For the next, winner's share increased to £50,000 each year culminating in a 2018 prize fund of £1.8 million.[1] The current prize fund for the tournament is £2.5 million with £500,000 to the winner, as set since the 2019 edition.

In 2020, the British Darts Organisation - which had held a separate version of the world championship since the split in 1994 - went into liquidation. As a result, the PDC version is currently the only recognised world championship in darts. The World Darts Federation has indicated that their intention to create their own world championship in 2021 once the COVID-19 pandemic situation has subsided.

Venue

The PDC World Darts Championship has been held at Alexandra Palace in London since 2008, having previously been held at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex, from 1994 to 2007.[2]

List of finals

Year Champion (average in final)[3] Score Runner-up (average in final) Prize money Sponsor Venue
Total[4] Champion Runner-up
1994  Dennis Priestley (94.38) 6–1  Phil Taylor (85.62) £64,000 £16,000 £8,000 Skol Circus Tavern,
Purfleet
1995  Phil Taylor (94.11) 6–2  Rod Harrington (87.15) £55,000 £12,000 £6,000 Proton Cars
1996  Phil Taylor (98.52) 6–4  Dennis Priestley (101.48) £62,500 £14,000 £7,000 Vernon's Pools
1997  Phil Taylor (100.92) 6–3  Dennis Priestley (96.78) £99,500 £45,000 £10,000 Red Band
1998  Phil Taylor (103.98) 6–0  Dennis Priestley (90.75) £72,500 £20,000 Skol
1999  Phil Taylor (97.11) 6–2  Peter Manley (93.63) £104,000 £30,000 £16,000
2000  Phil Taylor (94.42) 7–3  Dennis Priestley (91.80) £111,000 £31,000 £16,400
2001  Phil Taylor (107.46) 7–0  John Part (92.58) £125,000 £33,000 £18,000
2002  Phil Taylor (98.47) 7–0  Peter Manley (91.35) £205,000 £50,000 £25,000
2003  John Part (96.87) 7–6  Phil Taylor (99.98) £237,000 Ladbrokes
2004  Phil Taylor (96.03) 7–6  Kevin Painter (90.48) £257,000
2005  Phil Taylor (96.14) 7–4  Mark Dudbridge (90.66) £300,000 £60,000 £30,000
2006  Phil Taylor (106.74) 7–0  Peter Manley (91.72) £500,000 £100,000 £50,000
2007  Raymond van Barneveld (100.93) 7–6  Phil Taylor (100.86)
2008  John Part (92.86) 7–2  Kirk Shepherd (85.10) £589,000 Alexandra Palace,
London
2009  Phil Taylor (110.94) 7–1  Raymond van Barneveld (101.18) £724,000 £125,000 £60,000
2010  Phil Taylor (104.38) 7–3  Simon Whitlock (100.51) £1,000,000 £200,000 £100,000
2011  Adrian Lewis (99.40) 7–5  Gary Anderson (99.41)
2012  Adrian Lewis (93.06) 7–3  Andy Hamilton (90.83)
2013  Phil Taylor (103.04) 7–4  Michael van Gerwen (100.66)
2014  Michael van Gerwen (100.10) 7–4  Peter Wright (95.71) £1,050,000 £250,000
2015  Gary Anderson (97.68) 7–6  Phil Taylor (100.69) £1,250,000 £120,000 William Hill
2016  Gary Anderson (99.26) 7–5  Adrian Lewis (100.23) £1,500,000 £300,000 £150,000
2017  Michael van Gerwen (107.79) 7–3  Gary Anderson (104.93) £1,650,000 £350,000 £160,000
2018  Rob Cross (107.67) 7–2  Phil Taylor (102.26) £1,800,000 £400,000 £170,000
2019  Michael van Gerwen (102.21) 7–3  Michael Smith (95.29) £2,500,000 £500,000 £200,000
2020  Peter Wright (102.79) 7–3  Michael van Gerwen (102.88)
2021  Gerwyn Price (100.08) 7–3  Gary Anderson (94.25)

Records and statistics

As of 2 January 2021

Total finalist appearances

Rank Player Winner Runner-up Finals Appearances
1  Phil Taylor 14 5 19 25
2  Michael van Gerwen 3 2 5 14
3  Gary Anderson 2 3 5 12
4  Adrian Lewis 2 1 3 16
 John Part 2 1 3 18
6  Dennis Priestley 1 4 5 19
7  Raymond van Barneveld 1 1 2 14
 Peter Wright 1 1 2 12
9  Rob Cross 1 0 1 4
 Gerwyn Price 1 0 1 7
11  Peter Manley 0 3 3 13
12  Mark Dudbridge 0 1 1 10
 Andy Hamilton 0 1 1 13
 Rod Harrington 0 1 1 10
 Kevin Painter 0 1 1 17
 Kirk Shepherd 0 1 1 4
 Michael Smith 0 1 1 10
 Simon Whitlock 0 1 1 13
  • Active players are shown in bold
  • Only players who reached the final are included
  • In the event of identical records, players are sorted in alphabetical order by family name

Champions by country

Country Players Total First title Last title
 England 4 18 1994 2018
 Netherlands 2 4 2007 2019
 Scotland 2 3 2015 2020
 Canada 1 2 2003 2008
 Wales 1 1 2021 2021

Nine-dart finishes

Ten nine-darters have been thrown at the World Championship. The first one was in 2009.

Player Year (+ Round) Method Opponent Result
 Raymond van Barneveld 2009, Quarter-Final 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Jelle Klaasen Won
 Raymond van Barneveld 2010, 2nd Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Brendan Dolan Won
 Adrian Lewis 2011, Final 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Gary Anderson Won
 Dean Winstanley 2013, 2nd Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Vincent van der Voort Lost
 Michael van Gerwen 2013, Semi-Final 3 x T20; 2 x T20, T19; 2 x T20, D12  James Wade Won
 Terry Jenkins 2014, 1st Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Per Laursen Lost
 Kyle Anderson 2014, 1st Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Ian White Lost
 Adrian Lewis 2015, 3rd Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Raymond van Barneveld Lost
 Gary Anderson 2016, Semi-Final 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Jelle Klaasen Won
 James Wade 2021, 3rd Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12  Stephen Bunting Lost

Averages

Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.

An average over 100 in a match in the PDC World Championship has since been achieved 195 times.[5] This is compared to 21 times in the BDO World Championship, following the 2019 event. In 2010 Phil Taylor became the first player to average over 100 in all six rounds of the tournament. He repeated this feat (though lost the final) in 2015 and Michael van Gerwen achieved it in 2017 and 2019.

An average of over 105 in a match in the PDC World Championship has been achieved 40 times. The highest match average ever in the BDO World Championship is 103.83 by Raymond van Barneveld in his quarter-final victory over John Walton in 2004.

Ten highest PDC World Championship one-match averages[6]
Average Player Year (+Round) Opponent Result
114.05  Michael van Gerwen 2017, Semi-Final  Raymond van Barneveld 6–2
111.21  Phil Taylor 2002, 2nd Round  Shayne Burgess 6–1
110.94  Phil Taylor 2009, Final  Raymond van Barneveld 7–1
109.34  Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Semi-Final  Michael van Gerwen 2–6
109.23  Michael van Gerwen 2016, 2nd Round  Darren Webster 4–0
109.00  Phil Taylor 2007, 2nd Round  Mick McGowan 4–1
108.98  Michael van Gerwen 2021, 2nd Round  Ryan Murray 3–1
108.80  Phil Taylor 2009, Quarter-Final  Co Stompé 5–0
108.65  Michael van Gerwen 2018, 2nd Round  James Wilson 4–0
108.39  Gary Anderson 2011, 3rd Round  Andy Smith 4–0
Five highest losing averages
Average Player Year (+Round) Opponent Result
109.34  Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Semi-Final  Michael van Gerwen 2–6
106.09  Jeffrey de Zwaan 2019, 2nd Round  Rob Cross 1–3
106.07  Cristo Reyes 2017, 2nd Round  Michael van Gerwen 2–4
105.78  Michael van Gerwen 2016, 3rd Round  Raymond van Barneveld 3–4
104.93  Gary Anderson 2017, Final  Michael van Gerwen 3–7
Five highest combined match averages
Average Winner Year (+Round) Loser Result
223.39  Michael van Gerwen (114.05) 2017, Semi-Final  Raymond van Barneveld (109.34) 6–2
212.72  Michael van Gerwen (107.79) 2017, Final  Gary Anderson (104.93) 7–3
212.12  Phil Taylor (110.94) 2009, Final  Raymond van Barneveld (101.18) 7–1
211.31  Michael van Gerwen (105.24) 2017, 2nd Round  Cristo Reyes (106.07) 4–2
210.82  Phil Taylor (109.00) 2007, 2nd Round  Mick McGowan (101.82) 4–1
Different players with a 100+ match average
Player Total Highest Av. Year (+Round)
 Phil Taylor 56 111.21 2002, 2nd Round
 Michael van Gerwen 33 114.05 2017, Semi-Final
 Gary Anderson 22 108.39 2011, 3rd Round
 Adrian Lewis 15 106.51 2010, 1st Round
 Raymond van Barneveld 13 109.34 2017, Semi-Final
 Peter Wright 13 105.86 2020, Quarter-Final
 Simon Whitlock 7 105.37 2010, Quarter-Final
 Michael Smith 7 105.22 2019, Semi-Final
 Rob Cross 6 107.67 2018, Final
 Dave Chisnall 6 107.34 2021, Quarter-Final
 Dimitri Van den Bergh 5 105.61 2021, 2nd Round
 Gerwyn Price 4 104.20 2020, 3rd Round
 Kim Huybrechts 3 104.05 2021, 1st Round
 Jelle Klaasen 3 102.54 2016, 1st Round
 Daryl Gurney 3 101.39 2021, 3rd Round
 Jamie Lewis 2 107.27 2018, 2nd Round
 Jeffrey de Zwaan 2 106.09 2019, 2nd Round
 Terry Jenkins 2 102.64 2012, 3rd Round
 Ian White 2 102.35 2021, 2nd Round
 Stephen Bunting 2 102.34 2015, 3rd Round
 Andy Hamilton 2 102.04 2012, Quarter-Final
 Chris Dobey 2 101.09 2020, 3rd Round
 Cristo Reyes 1 106.07 2017, 2nd Round
 Darren Webster 1 104.64 2017, 2nd Round
 Dirk van Duijvenbode 1 104.09 2021, 3rd Round
 José de Sousa 1 103.62 2021, 3rd Round
 Mervyn King 1 103.47 2021, 3rd Round
 Richie Burnett 1 103.38 2001, 1st Round
 Corey Cadby 1 102.48 2017, Preliminary
 Co Stompé 1 102.42 2010, 3rd Round
 Benito van de Pas 1 102.30 2017, 3rd Round
 Mick McGowan 1 101.82 2007, 2nd Round
 Ryan Searle 1 101.54 2020, 2nd Round
 Robert Thornton 1 101.49 2015, Quarter-Final
 Dennis Priestley 1 101.48 1996, Final
 Vincent van der Voort 1 101.17 2018, 2nd Round
 Joe Cullen 1 100.88 2017, 1st Round
 Ricky Evans 1 100.68 2021, 3rd Round
 Nathan Aspinall 1 100.53 2019, Semi-Final
 Krzysztof Ratajski 1 100.41 2021, 2nd Round
 Christian Kist 1 100.23 2018, 1st Round
Ten highest tournament averages (min 3 matches)
Average Player Year Round (+ result) Reference
106.32  Michael van Gerwen 2017 Final (won) [7]
104.68  Michael van Gerwen 2016 3rd Round [8]
104.63  Phil Taylor 2010 Final (won) [9]
104.19  Adrian Lewis 2010 Quarter-Final [9]
104.08  Phil Taylor 2009 Final (won) [10]
104.05  Michael van Gerwen 2018 Semifinal [11]
103.64  Michael van Gerwen 2021 Quarter-Final
103.45  Gary Anderson 2017 Final (loss) [7]
103.38  Michael van Gerwen 2019 Final (won) [12]
103.06  Gary Anderson 2011 Final (loss) [13]

Records

Most titles: 14, Phil Taylor. Taylor's two BDO titles take his total to 16, a record across both organisations.[14][15]
Most finals: 19, Phil Taylor, 1994–2007, 2009–2010, 2013, 2015 and 2018.[14] Taylor's two BDO finals take his total to 21, a record across both organisations.[14][16]
Most match wins: 110, Phil Taylor, 1994–2018. Taylor has only lost 11 matches at the tournament and reached every final from 1994 until 2007, before being beaten in the quarter-finals by Wayne Mardle in 2008.[17][18][19]
Longest unbeaten run: 44 matches, Phil Taylor, 1995–2003, between his defeats in the 1994 and 2003 finals.
Most 180s in a tournament (total): 828 in 2019. This was the first tournament to feature a 96 player field.[12]
Most 180s in a tournament (individual): 71, Gary Anderson (2017)[20]
Most 180s in a match: 22, Gary Anderson (2017 final)[21]
Most 180s in a match (both players): 42, Gary Anderson (22) and Michael van Gerwen (20) (2017 final)
Longest streak of 100+ averages: 19 matches, Michael van Gerwen, 2016–2019[22]
Most appearances: 25, Phil Taylor.
Youngest player: Mitchell Clegg, 16 years and 37 days in 2007. Clegg had qualified as a 15-year-old. He was younger than Michael van Gerwen, who set the BDO World Championship youngest player record a few weeks later.
Youngest finalist: Kirk Shepherd, 21 years and 88 days In the 2008 final,[14] Shepherd was two days younger than Jelle Klaasen, who won the BDO title in 2006.
Record TV audience UK: 1,500,000 (2015 Final). The 2007 final was the first time that Sky Television achieved a viewing figure of over 1 million for a darts match. The 2013 final had a 1.2 million average, with 10 million viewers over the course of the tournament.[23]
Record TV audience: 2,170,000 (2017 Final). The record was set during the Dutch broadcast (RTL7) of the 2017 final between Dutchman Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. [24] The 2018 final holds the record for highest combined audience in the UK, Netherlands and Germany with over 4.4 million viewers.
Won both World Championships: Four players. Dennis Priestley was the first player to win both versions of the World Championship,[25][26] winning the 1991 BDO Championship and the 1994 PDC Championship. Phil Taylor, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld have since matched the feat.[25][26]
Overseas World Champions: Three players. John Part was the first player from outside the UK to win the PDC World Championship with his 2003 title, followed by Raymond van Barneveld in 2007 and Michael van Gerwen in 2014. Part was also the first overseas player to win the BDO title, doing so in 1994.

Media

The stage at the 2009 World Championship.

Domestic broadcaster

The PDC World Championship has been broadcast live and in its entirety by Sky Sports in the UK since its inception. Since 2009 the tournament has been presented in High Definition (HD). Their coverage is currently presented from a studio overlooking the interior of the Alexandra Palace venue.

The current presenting team is as follows:

Presenters

  • Laura Woods: (2018–)
  • Emma Paton: (2020–)
  • David Croft: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 2003–2012)

Co-presenters

  • Rod Harrington: (2005–present)
  • Wayne Mardle: (2010–present)
  • John Part: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 1995–2007)
  • Mark Webster: (2018–present)
  • Laura Woods: (2016–present)
  • Laura Turner: (2018–present)
  • Devon Petersen: (2019–present)
  • Colin Lloyd: (2020–present)

Commentators:

  • Stuart Pyke: (2003–present, also works for ITV Sport Darts Coverage 2007–present)
  • Rod Studd: (2009–present)
  • Nigel Pearson: (2005–present)
  • Adam Smith: (2020-present)
  • (David Croft, Wayne Mardle, Rod Harrington, Mark Webster, Devon Petersen, Laura Turner, John Part and Colin Lloyd also commentate)

Former presenters and commentators have been:

  • Dave Lanning: (1993–2010 & 2013, Previously worked for ITV Sport Darts Coverage 1972–1988)
  • John Gwynne: (1993–2013, 2016, Now with Eurosport BDO Darts Coverage 2014–present)
  • Sid Waddell: (1994–2012, Previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 1978–1994)
  • Jeff Stelling: (1993–2002, 2005)
  • David Bobin: (1994, 2002–2003)
  • Helen Chamberlain: (2003–2009)
  • Jonathan Green: (2000)
  • Laura "Laure" James (2014–2016)
  • Eric Bristow: (1993–2016)
  • Dave Clark: (2001–2020)

Overseas broadcasters

Dutch broadcaster SBS6, having covered the BDO World Darts Championship for many years, also covered the event until RTL7 took over broadcasting. TV3 Sport (Denmark), Fox Sports (Australia), TSN (Canada), SuperSport (South Africa), Sky Sport (New Zealand), StarHub (Singapore), Ten Sports (India), CCTV (China), Showtime (Middle East), Ukraine TV, TVP Sport (Poland), NOVA Sport (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Sport1 (Hungary), Meersat (Malaysia), 7TV (Russia), Measat (Indonesia), J Sports (Japan), DAZN (USA, Italy), GOL TV (Spain) Eurosport (Romania) and VTM4 (Belgium) now also broadcast the event.

Viewing figures

Television viewing figures for the final are as follows: [27]

Year Broadcaster
Sky UK Netherlands Germany SPORT1
2020 1,006,553[28] 1,200,000 (RTL 7)[29] 1,590,000 [30]
2019 658,300 1,540,000 (RTL 7)[31] 1,490,000 [32]
2018 1,400,000 864,000 (RTL 7) 2,150,000 [33]
2017 607,000 2,170,000 (RTL 7)[34] 1,480,000[35]
2016 908,000 869,000 (RTL 7)[36] 950,000[37]
2015 1.5 million peak[38] 908,000 (RTL 7)[39] 1,360,000[40]
2014 668,000 2,054,000 (RTL 7) 560,000[41]
2013 1,270,000[42] 1,748,000 (RTL 7) 810,000
2012 728,000 762,000 (RTL 7)
2011 920,000 435,000 (SBS6)
2010 888,000 854,000 (SBS6) 730,000
2009 809,000 1,441,000 (SBS6) 490,000
2008 731,000 211,000 (compilation SBS6) 340,000
2007 1,028,000 1,339,000 (SBS6)
2006 761,000
2005 530,000
2004 820,000
2003 610,000
2002 Unavailable
2001 420,000
2000 240,000
1999 200,000

Webcasting

The PDC world championship events are now broadcast on www.livepdc.tv which shows the events live, highlights and also classic matches. This website is a subscription only viewing and is limited to certain territorial restrictions.

Video games

The PDC have worked with various video game developers since 2006 to create a number of darts-themed titles based on the World Darts Championship tournament.

Their first game PDC World Championship Darts was developed by Mere Mortals for the PlayStation 2 and PC. The second game in the series was PDC World Championship Darts 2008 developed by Mere Mortals for the PlayStation 2, PC, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360. A year later Rebellion Developments took over development of the series, releasing PDC World Championship Darts 2009 for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

The most recent PDC World Darts Championship console game to be released was PDC World Championship Darts Pro Tour a darts video game for the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. This game is the most comprehensive of the series featuring ten professional players and five official PDC tournaments including the PDC World Grand Prix, Las Vegas Desert Classic, PDC UK Open and the Holland Open.

In 2021 the PDC collaborated with Blueprint Gaming to develop PDC World Darts Championship, an officially licensed game available to play on mobile devices and PC, the game was released in February 2021.[43]

The tournament has been sponsored by bookmaker William Hill since 2015. Previous sponsors have been:

  • Skol (1994)
  • Proton Cars (1995)
  • Vernon's Pools (1996)
  • Red Band (1997)
  • Skol (1998–2002)
  • Ladbrokes (2003–2014)
  • William Hill (2015–)

Trophy

Following popular darts commentator Sid Waddell's death on 11 August 2012, the decision was made to rename the champion's trophy to the Sid Waddell trophy from the 2013 tournament onwards.[44]

Notes and references

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  2. "PDC championship moves to London". BBC Sport. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
  3. Each player's average score is based on the average for each 3-dart visit to the board (ie total points scored divided by darts thrown and multiplied by 3)
  4. PDC World Championship prize fund dartsdatabase
  5. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentPlayerStats.aspx?tournStatKey=6&tournKey=11&pg=1
  6. dartsdatabase.co.uk; best winning averages
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  8. "2016 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. "2010 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  10. "2009 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  11. "2018 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  12. "2019 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  13. "2011 PDC World Championship tournament averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  14. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  15. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentPlayerStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  16. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentPlayerStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  17. "PDC WC Match wins page 1". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  18. "PDC WC match wins page 2". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  19. "PDC WC match wins page 3". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  20. dartsdatabse.co.uk; Most 180's in a tournament
  21. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentPlayerStats.aspx?tournStatKey=8&tournKey=11&pg=1
  22. https://www.pdc.tv/news/2019/01/02/van-gerwen-i-handled-pressure
  23. pdc.tv Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Record Viewing Figures
  24. . Retrieved on 2017-01-03.
  25. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?tournKey=11
  26. http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?TournKey=2
  27. BARB viewing figures Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine
  28. "Weekly top programmes on four screens (28 days) – Sky Sport Main Event=511,000 – Sky Sports Darts=495,553". BARB.
  29. "Netherlands viewing figures 1 January 2020". kijkonderzoek.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  30. SPORT1 (2 January 2020). "Peter Wrights erster Weltmeistertitel beschert SPORT1 zweitbeste Darts-Übertragung seiner Geschichte: 1,59 Millionen Zuschauer im Schnitt und 2,22 Millionen Zuschauer in der Spitze verfolgen Finale der diesjährigen Darts-WM". sport1.de (in German).
  31. BuzzE/NU.nl (2 January 2019). "1,54 miljoen Nederlandse kijkers voor WK-finale darts". nu.nl (in Dutch).
  32. SPORT1 (2 January 2019). "Darts-WM 2019: Rekord-Quote für SPORT1 bei Finale mit van Gerwen". sport1.de (in German).
  33. SPORT1 (2 January 2018). "Darts-WM 2018: Finale mit Phil Taylor beschert SPORT1 Rekordquote". sport1.de (in German).
  34. . Retrieved on 2017-01-03.
  35. Niemaier, Timo (3 January 2017). "Darts-WM: Neuer Quotenrekord für Sport1 zum Finale – DWDL.de". DWDL.de (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  36. . Retrieved on 2017-12-16.
  37. Sülter, Björn (4 January 2016). "SportCheck: Darts-Rekorde, Insel-Showdown & Schanzenfieber". Quotenmeter (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  38. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a619350/gary-andersons-pdc-world-darts-win-pulls-in-viewers-for-sky-sports.html
  39. Kijkonderzoek. Retrieved on 2015-01-05.
  40. http://www.quotenmeter.de/n/75469/der-grosse-wurf-darts-finale-fuehrt-sport1-zu-allzeit-rekord
  41. DWDL: Darts-WM: Sport1 katapultiert sich vor Vox
  42. BARB. BARB. Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
  43. "Blueprint and PDC team up to release World Darts Championship Slot". nowagering.com. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  44. "World Darts Trophy Named After Waddell". Sky News. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
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