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Premier League Coverage On NBC Scores Best Opening Weekend Ever

nbc sports premier league ad Premier League Coverage On NBC Scores Best Opening Weekend Ever

NBC Sports reported today that its coverage of the 2014/15 Premier League season scored the best opening weekend ever on US TV for the world’s most popular sports league.

More than 3.3 million people tuned in to five telecasts on NBC and NBCSN Saturday and Sunday — up 3% from the 3.2 million total for the five games on NBC and NBCSN last year.

Additional milestones from NBC Sports Group’s opening weekend Premier League coverage:

1. Most-Watched Opening Weekend Match: Saturday’s Arsenal v. Crystal Palace match on NBC averaged 885,000 viewers, ranking as the most-watched opening weekend match in U.S. history, topping by 12% last year’s opening weekend match on NBC (Swansea City v. Manchester United, 792,000).

2. Highest Opening Weekend Average Viewership: The five games on NBC and NBCSN averaged 545,000 viewers — 23% above the average for five games on opening weekend last year on NBC/NBCSN (443,000 average viewers).

3. Most-Watched Opening Weekend Match on Cable: Sunday’s Newcastle v. Manchester City match on NBCSN averaged 514,000 viewers, ranking as the most-watched opening weekend match on cable in U.S. history, topping 2012’s opening weekend Arsenal v. Sunderland match on ESPN (8/18/12, 476,000 viewers).

4. Most-Watched Opening Weekend on Cable in U.S. History: For games on cable, the four weekend matches on NBCSN averaged 463,000 viewers – ranking as the most-watched Premier League opening weekend on cable ever in the U.S., and a 30% increase from last year’s 356,000 average viewership for the four games on NBCSN.

5. More than 8.9 Million Minutes Streamed: Fans streamed more than 8.9 million minutes of action – best-ever for a Premier League weekend – via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets, a 56% increase from last year’s 5.7 million minutes.

Meanwhile, here is the list of the top markets for opening weekend Premier League coverage based on the average across all five games on NBC and NBCSN:

1 Wash, DC
2 Boston
3 Baltimore
4 West Palm Beach
5 Chicago
6 Las Vegas
7 Norfolk
8 Providence
9 Seattle
10 Sacramento
11 New Haven
12 Dallas
13 Philadelphia
14 New Orleans
15 Denver

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Premier League Coverage On NBC Scores Best Opening Weekend Ever

  1. Guy says:

    What? What?! Beaufort, NC isn’t on the list?? Shocking. There is obviously something wrong with the figures. I know for sure that there were at least two other people in town who were watching!

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