Manchester United vs. Arsenal Sets Premier League Viewership Record on U.S. Cable TV

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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.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
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
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