More than 1.1 million in the United States watched the Chelsea against Barcelona semi-final first leg on FX and FOX Deportes combined, according to FOX Sports.
The Wednesday, April 18 UEFA Champions League match garnered 592,000 viewers on FX (21% more than last year’s first leg semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona), while 566,000 watched the same game on FOX Deportes. The audience of 592,000 is a new record for a soccer game on FX, and — according to FOX Sports — the most-watched Champions League non-final ever in US history.
Meanwhile, the first semifinal match on Tuesday, April 17, a 2-1 Bayern Munich win over Real Madrid on FOX Soccer scored 308,000 viewers, up +20% from the network’s first semifinal (FC Schalke 04 vs. Manchester United FC).
The return legs take place in Spain this week, with FC Barcelona hosting Chelsea FC on Tuesday, April 24 (FOX Soccer/2:00 PM ET) and Bayern Munich traveling to Real Madrid’s famed Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday, April 25 (FX/2:00 PM ET). FOX Soccer’s Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and guest analyst Brian McBride preview and break down all of the semifinal action on UEFA Champions League Pregame, at 2:00 PM ET each match day from FOX Soccer’s studio at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles.
These four historic clubs are playing for a spot in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, the game’s marquee club showcase, live from Munich on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 PM ET on FOX (pregame coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET on FOX Soccer).