via press release:
Manchester United vs. Arsenal Sets Premier League Viewership Record on U.S. Cable TV
Most-watched EPL match on ESPN Deportes
Last Monday’s Barclays Premier League match, a 1-0 home win for Manchester United over Arsenal, was seen on ESPN2 by an average of 438,000 homes (570,000 viewers, P2+), making it the most-watched Premiership telecast on U.S. cable television, according to Nielsen. The telecast outdelivered the previous high – 420,000 homes (526,000 viewers) for Manchester United vs. Chelsea on Saturday, April 3, 2010.
Through the first 21 matches of the season, ESPN2 is averaging a 0.3 household rating, 261,000 households and 324,000 viewers, increases of 50% in ratings (0.2), 24% in households (211,000) and 25% in viewers (260,000 P2+) versus the first 20 matches in the 2009 – 2010 season.
The five most-viewed Premiership matches on U.S. cable TV (all on ESPN2):
|Date||Time (ET)||Matchup||Ratings / HHImps / P2+|
|Mon., Dec. 13, 2010||2:55 p.m.||Manchester United vs. Arsenal||0.4 / 438,000 / 570,000|
|Sat., April. 3, 2010||7:30 p.m.||Manchester United vs. Chelsea||0.4 / 420,000 / 526,000|
|Mon., Aug. 24, 2009||2:55 p.m.||Liverpool vs. Aston Villa||0.3 / 340,000 / 398,000|
|Mon., Aug. 23, 2010||2:55 p.m.||Manchester City vs. Liverpool||0.3 / 326,000 / 414,000|
|Sat., Sept. 25, 2010||7:30 a.m.||Manchester City vs. Chelsea||0.3 / 324,000 / 428,000|
Additionally, Monday’s Manchester United vs. Arsenal match was the most-viewed Premier League telecast on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language sports network which began featuring EPL matches this season. The match earned a 2.4 Hispanic coverage rating, representing 125,000 Hispanic households (175,000 Hispanic viewers, P2+).
Upcoming Premier League Matches:
ESPN’s multimedia coverage of the Barclays Premier League continues with four matches in December featuring the top four clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea – in the league standings.
|Sat, Dec 18||7:30 a.m.||Sunderland vs. Bolton Wanderers||ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Deportes / ESPN Mobile TV|
|Mon, Dec 20||2:55 p.m.||Manchester City vs. Everton||ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Deportes / ESPN Mobile TV|
|Mon, Dec 27||2:55 p.m.||Arsenal vs. Chelsea||ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Deportes / ESPN Mobile TV|
|Tue, Dec 28||2:55 p.m.||Birmingham City vs. Manchester United||ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Deportes / ESPN Mobile TV|