More Than 700K Watch Manchester City vs Liverpool On NBCSN to Set Boxing Day Record

NBCSN’s live broadcast of Manchester City against Liverpool on December 26 was viewed by an average of 704,000 people, the highest figure ever for a Boxing Day Premier League match shown on US television.

The Manchester City-Liverpool match was shown live beginning at 12:30pm ET on Thursday, the day after Christmas. While the day is a national holiday in the United Kingdom, it’s not a holiday in the United States, which makes the fact that it’s the highest viewing audience for a weekday Premier League match so far this season even more impressive.

So far, NBCSN has posted three of the four most-watched Premier League cable telecasts on record.

Meanwhile, the December 23 match between Arsenal and Chelsea, televised live on NBCSN, was watched by an average of 565,000 and ranks as the second most-watched weekday Premier League match this season. The broadcast, which was critically acclaimed by US media, featured a drab 0-0 draw.

NBC’s record viewing audience thus far this season was the 852,000 who watched Manchester United versus Manchester City on NBCSN on September 22, 2013.

In comparison to the ratings for Premier League broadcasts on NBC, the 2013 MLS Cup final — which was shown live on ESPN on a Saturday afternoon — set the record as the least-viewed MLS Cup in the league’s 17-year history with just 505,000 watching the game on English-language television in the States.


5 thoughts on “More Than 700K Watch Manchester City vs Liverpool On NBCSN to Set Boxing Day Record”

  1. Any word from NBC about the availability of Live Extra on Comcast Cable? They said it would roll out to all regions by the end of the year so they have a day left.

  2. Gaffer, I love nbc but my only issue is the NBC Live Extra streaming... I feel it could be WAY better. The quality is just not that impressive. Constant buffering (even on a 50mbps connection) has become a weekly experience for me....

    1. I agree. See my comments at

    2. I second that. I also experience the constant buffering and it's a pain. The website is also not very intuitive in terms of displaying scores. It's all mixed up, from last games scores to recent ones. I find myself still going to for scores and standings. I missed the 2nd half of the LPool-M. City game as I had to check out of my hotel (requested a late checkout but granted only 2 hours above normal checkout). Was looking forward to the replay but this game was not on the menu. Wonder why.


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