Last Saturday’s Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United, which was shown live on NBCSN beginning at 10am ET, was watched by more viewers than Saturday’s Major League Baseball (MLB) games shown on FOX Sports 1.
Newcastle-Manchester United drew 469,000 viewers, which was greater than FOX Sports 1’s two MLB games that day — the 421,000 who watched the Giants against the Dodgers (televised at 4pm ET) and the Twins against the Indians (380,000 viewers), that was shown beginning at 1pm ET.
Despite the game between Newcastle and Manchester United not being a must-see as in previous seasons (Newcastle have already confirmed their Premier League survival, while Manchester United are trying to complete the season by gaining a respectable finishing place in the league), the size of the viewing audience was still impressive although nowhere near a record breaker for NBCSN.
What’s your opinion regarding NBCSN getting a greater viewing audience than baseball? Is it a reflection of soccer’s growth in the United States and the decline of baseball? Or is it that few people are watching FOX Sports 1, or another reason? Give us your opinion in the comments section below.