NBC’s live broadcast of Arsenal against Liverpool on the free-to-air NBC network was watched by 991,000 viewers, breaking the record for the most watched Premier League match on any NBC network.
The match between the two historic English clubs was televised live from 1:30-3:30pm ET on NBC on Saturday November 2, and featured commentary by Steve Bower and Lee Dixon.
NBC’s previous record for the most number of Premier League viewers was the 917,000 who watched the September 14 match between Everton and Chelsea.
The record viewing audience ever for a Premier League game on US television was the 1.67 million who watched Chelsea against Liverpool on tape delay on a Sunday afternoon in November, 2011. That match was televised on the over-the-air FOX network.
In contrast, the TV ratings for MLS games on US television were down 8% this year on NBCSN compared to last year, while ESPN’s ratings were down 29%.
The TV viewing audience numbers for last week’s MLS playoffs on US television include 158,000 for Seattle-Colorado (NBCSN), 142,000 for Houston-Montreal (NBCSN), 296,000 for LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake (ESPN), and 233,000 for Seattle-Portland (NBCSN).
NBC’s next major match is this Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Arsenal, which will be shown live on Sunday at 11am on NBCSN. View the complete TV schedule for now through January on our Premier League TV schedule page.