1.3 Million Viewers Watched Arsenal-Manchester United On FOX

The first ever live Premier League match shown on free-to-air network television in the United States delivered 1.3 million viewers for the Sunday, January 22 match between Arsenal and Manchester United on FOX. The broadcast delivered a 0.8 rating

The viewing figure of 1.3 million doubled the previous record high for live coverage of a Premier League match on either ESPN (528,000 for Manchester United-Arsenal, December 2010) and FOX Soccer (418,000 for Chelsea vs Liverpool, February 2011). The record-high for any Premier League match is the 1.67 million who watched the tape-delay of Chelsea against Liverpool on FOX in November, 2011.

Despite the fact that the broadcast of Arsenal against Manchester United was not shown in approximately 10% of US markets, FOX was able to provide live coverage in just under 100 million homes.

According to a FOX Sports representative, Sunday’s game rated lower than FOX’s tape-delayed EPL broadcasts earlier this season which followed NFL games. With the benefit of a later time slot and the enormous NFL lead-in or lead-out, those matches averaged a 1.1 rating nationally.

The next Premier League match that will be shown live on free-to-air network television in the United States is the February 5 encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United on FOX at 10:30am ET on Super Bowl Sunday (check local listings).

8 thoughts on “1.3 Million Viewers Watched Arsenal-Manchester United On FOX”

  1. That’s a lot more than I thought would watch. Even though the tape delayed ones got good ratings, I expected more along the ESPN ratings ranks.

    This is good news for the sport in this country, imo.

  2. The local Fox affiliate in Indianapolis is again only showing tape delay for the Chelsea v Man United match on Feb. 5th. They won’t broadcast the match until 4pm. Any other markets getting screwed on this too?

    1. They’re not showing it until noon in the Milwaukee, WI market. If they’re not going to show it live I say leave it on FSC where it belongs. It is just going to force me to watch it on FSC Deportes which isn’t in HD. Pisses me off that they are doing this.

  3. I would have to think Fox is happy about it. Does any one have any other events to compare it to. Very few live sporting events have been on in the early morning hours in the US on network tv. The biggest example would be the Wimbledon finals on NBC. Does anyone know how the numbers look for tennis that early.

  4. 1.3 million is also the same number that TNA Impact gets on a weekly basis

    Congrats, EPL, you got the same numbers as a fake sport.

  5. You’ve got to crawl before you can walk. As long as the viewership continues to increase and maybe have some American players on display it could bode well for the EPL in this country. With more EPL teams coming here this summer that might help too. Good first steps .

  6. Well those are decent numbers, none of the soccer yanks abroad really get any headlines here so that needs to be worked on

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