NBC Posts Record-Setting Soccer Viewership for Premier League and MLS
NBC set Premier League and MLS viewership records with a pair of match telecasts last weekend.
Last Sunday’s Manchester United-Chelsea match – a 1-1 tie at Old Trafford – averaged 1.29 million viewers on NBC to rank as the most-watched Premier League game since NBC Sports Group kicked off its BPL coverage in August 2013.
In its 15 months televising the Premier League, NBC Sports Group has aired 7 of the league’s 10 most-watched live games on U.S. television.
Sunday’s game, which was NBC’s first BPL match on a Sunday afternoon (and had competition from live NFL games), is the second-most watched live game in the U.S. in Premier League history (Manchester United-Chelsea, 2/5/12 on Fox, 1.38 million).
Saturday’s Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy game on NBC, a 2-0 Sounders victory that was Landon Donovan’s final regular-season MLS game and decided the Supporters’ Shield (most regular-season points), averaged 699,000 viewers to rank as NBC Sports Group’s most-watched MLS game ever (including playoffs).