via press release:
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHES SET AUDIENCE RECORDS
FOR FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX DEPORTES
Los Angeles — The 2014 UEFA Champions League finalists were decided this week, and the games that sent Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on in the tournament broke UEFA Champions League viewership records for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 elimination of English giants Chelsea on Wednesday (4/30) attracted 627,000 viewers, setting a new viewership record for FOX Sports 1. It ties the 2012 second leg semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on FX as the largest audience for a UEFA Champions League match on English language cable television since the 2009 UEFA Champions Final featuring Barcelona and Manchester United on ESPN (1.4 million viewers).
Tuesday’s 4-0 thrashing of last year’s champions Bayern Munich, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, called by Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda, scored 557,000 viewers, and is now the second most-watched UEFA Champions League match televised by FOX Sports 1.
FOX Deportes’ coverage of the Bayern Munich-Real Madrid second leg semifinal on Tuesday (4/29) was the Spanish language channel’s most-watched telecast for the year with 680,000 viewers. The match also delivered the highest-rated UEFA Champions League semifinal since the network began airing the prestigious club tournament in 2009, topping the Real Madrid vs. Barcelona face-off in 2011 (640,000).
The 2014 UEFA Champions League Final is broadcast live on FOX and FOX Deportes, Saturday, May 24 with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET. Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Eric Wynalda call the all-Spanish affair between crosstown rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid live from the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal. FOX Deportes’ on-site commentary team includes John Laguna alongside analysts Mariano Trujillo and Daniel Brailovsky.