NBC Posts Record-Setting Soccer Viewership for Premier League and MLS

The Oct. 25 Premier League tilt between Manchester United and Chelsea averaged 1.29 million viewers. Meanwhile, Landon Donovan’s MLS farewell averaged 699,000 viewers. (Photo: AP Images)

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).