Man City vs. Man United ranks as most-watched Manchester derby ever on US TV


Sunday’s derby between Manchester City and Manchester United shown on NBC in the United States scored an average of 1.17 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company.

Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Manchester City was the most-watched Manchester derby in U.S. history. Plus, the game was the most-streamed NBC Premier League game on NBC Sports Live Extra with 4.4 million minutes. To date, the 2015-16 Premier League season has totaled 2.1 million unique users and 462 million live minutes on NBC Sports Live Extra, up 19% and 65% respectively compared to the same point last season.

Since kicking off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, NBC Sports Group has televised eight of the 10 most-watched live Premier League telecasts ever in the U.S.

Meanwhile, here are the 10 most-watched live Premier League matches in U.S. television history:

Date Match Network Viewers
1 11/22/2014 Man United vs. Arsenal NBC 1.41 million
2 2/5/2012 Chelsea vs. Man United FOX 1.38 million
3 1/31/2015 Chelsea vs. Man City NBC 1.35 million
4 10/26/2014 Man United vs. Chelsea NBC 1.29 million
5 1/22/2012 Man United vs. Arsenal FOX 1.26 million
6 9/12/2015 Man United vs. Liverpool NBC 1.25 million
7 2/8/2014 Cardiff vs. Swansea NBC 1.24 million
8 3/20/2016 Man City vs. Man United NBC 1.17 million
9 10/24/2015 Everton vs. Arsenal NBC 1.15 million
10 4/12/2015 Man United vs. Man City NBCSN 1.13 million


  1. daniel March 24, 2016
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