Fox Soccer Channel’s live broadcast of the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday, February 6 broke the network’s record for their most-watched broadcast of all time.
The telecast attracted 418,000 average viewers and 285,000 households, which are both network-records according to Nielsen Media Research which has been measuring Fox Soccer Channel since October 2008. The previous record was 403,000 who watched the Chelsea versus Arsenal match on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010.
Fox Soccer Channel kicked off their coverage of the Chelsea versus Liverpool match with a special edition of its weekly pre-match show, Super Sunday +, live from the set of Fox NFL Sunday. The show was hosted by Christian Miles, with analysts Keith Costigan, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Kyle Martino. They were joined in studio by Temryss Lane and a studio audience featuring supporters from both clubs.
How does Fox Soccer Channel’s record ratings compare to ESPN2′s ratings for its Premier League matches? The December 27, 2010 broadcast of Arsenal versus Chelsea was ESPN2′s most-watched Premier League game ever with a viewing audience of 610,000. Prior to that, ESPN’s next best audience for a Premier League match on U.S. television was the 570,000 who watched Manchester United against Arsenal.
In comparison, the 2010 MLS Cup Final between Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas earned a 0.4 rating and a viewing audience of 748,000, which was down 44% from the 2009 final. Meanwhile, season viewership was down 12% on ESPN for the 2010 MLS season.
This Saturday at 7:30a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel features another match with tremendous Premier League implications: The Battle for Manchester: Manchester United vs. Manchester City.