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Premier League and NBC Enjoy Most-Watched Month Ever In US History

nbc epl1 Premier League and NBC Enjoy Most Watched Month Ever In US History

NBC Sports says that February 2014 was the most-watched month ever for Premier League soccer on US television, where the networks of NBCUniversal saw a viewership increase of 76% compared to the previous best month in US history.

Certainly part of the boost was due to the Sochi Winter Games lead-in, but NBC Sports promoted its Premier League coverage heavily during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games coverage.

February marks two consecutive months where NBC has broken US monthly viewership records.

During February, the 17 Premier League matches on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network averaged 609,000 viewers – a 76% jump from the league’s best U.S. month prior to NBC Sports Group’s August 2013 debut of Premier League coverage (346,000 in Sept. 2011 for 12 matches on FOX/FOX Soccer and ESPN2).

In addition, the February viewership marks the second consecutive U.S. record monthly viewership for the Premier League, following the prior mark of 492,000 viewers for 14 Premier League telecasts on NBC and NBCSN in January.

Interestingly, while February posted record numbers, the February 8 broadcast of Swansea against Cardiff had more average viewers (1.2 million) on NBC than the February 22 broadcast of Crystal Palace versus Manchester United (1.1 million) on the same network.

Premier League soccer returns this Saturday on NBCSN with eight hours of continuous EPL coverage, beginning at 7am ET and ending at 3pm ET. Stay tuned to the latest TV listings by bookmarking the Premier League TV schedule.

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3 Responses to Premier League and NBC Enjoy Most-Watched Month Ever In US History

  1. Paul says:

    Can we have a post to guess the final league placings for the top of the table with only 10 games to go? I’ve just done mine with a simple W L or D for the top 7 teams… I’ll share my guesses if you decide to run it! ;)

  2. Chris says:

    Well not to be a Debbie dower but both of the nbc games clearly benefited from the Olympics, being lead ins to nbc coverage so id say they would really be about 700,000 viewers or less normally. This is still great progress. I know you mentioned that the Olympics helped, it did not really impact some of the games, but without question Cardiff vs Swansea would never receive that kind of viewership without the Olympic lead in.

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