via press release:
NEARLY 10 MILLION TUNE IN TO NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE
NBCSN #1 Cable Sports Network in Viewership Growth since Premier League Season Kicked Off on August 17
Sunday’s NBCSN Telecast of Manchester Derby Most-Viewed Cable Game This Season & 2nd Most-Viewed On Record
Fans Streamed Nearly 35 Million Minutes via NBC Sports Live Extra
Stamford, Conn. – September 25, 2013 – NBC Sports Group posted record-setting numbers through the first five weeks of its exclusive coverage of the Premier League across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Telemundo, mun2, the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package and the NBC Sports Live Extra live streaming product.
Almost 10 million people have tuned in to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television coverage – featuring 36 telecasts on five networks (four on NBC, 22 on NBCSN, one on CNBC, nine on mun2 – does not include Telemundo). The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year.
Since the Premier League season kicked off on August 17, NBCSN has posted a 67% increase in average total day viewership – tops among any sports cable network.
In addition, NBCSN’s Premier League telecasts are averaging 391,000 viewers – a 70% jump over the average posted by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer after five weeks last year (230,000). Sunday’s Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United averaged 852,000 viewers to rank as the second most-watched Premier League match on cable in the U.S. on record.