2012 FA Cup Final On FOX Soccer Breaks Record For Most Viewed Match

The rise in popularity of English soccer on US television continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This evening, we learned that the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool was the most-watched FA Cup match ever on FOX Soccer with a viewing audience of 396,000 people.

The 2-1 win for Chelsea was shown live on FOX Soccer on May 5, 2012 on a day when no other Premier League matches were played at the same time. The 2012 FA Cup Final kicked off at 12:15pm ET. The only Premier League match that day was Arsenal-Norwich, played earlier in the day.

The record breaking FA Cup Final viewing audience number comes hot on the heels of ESPN’s record of more than 1 million people who watched the April 30, 2012 Manchester derby.

5 thoughts on “2012 FA Cup Final On FOX Soccer Breaks Record For Most Viewed Match”

  1. Thats not as high as I would have expected, I hope next year the bud wiser sponsored FA cup has better marketing. It was on at a favorable time with 2 big clubs, but it didn’t get as much as some perm games. I guess FA Cup apathy has already hit us football fans.

  2. I don’t think the game was given the buildup it deserved. We really don’t need endless talking heads before a game like this. I’d much rather get the sense of what is going on at Wembley. Why not show Abide With Me? Why not show the teams coming out onto the pitch. We really didn’t need the endless studio chatter.

    This is one area where ESPN does a consistently better job than Fox Soccer.

  3. >>Ya, we didn’t even get to hear the Liverpool supporters boo their own national anthem.

    Very true! But all of that is part of the atmosphere that is part of the FA cup. If you want more fans to get excited you need to give them a sense of the occasion. For my money FS failed to do that last Saturday.

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