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Premier League Matchday 12 Ratings Released For US TV


The TV ratings are in for the last round of Premier League games on ESPN2 and Fox Soccer Channel. For ESPN2, it’s a tale of two cities as they had an impressive number of viewers for the Tottenham against Sunderland game (259,831) but a very disappointing number of viewers for the Monday match between Liverpool and Birmingham City (182,138) — the second lowest viewing figure all season long on ESPN2. Both games on ESPN2 received a 0.2 rating.

Here are the top rated games on ESPN2 for this season thus far:

  1. Liverpool v Aston Villa, Mon., Aug. 24, 3 pm, 398,391 viewers
  2. Wigan v Man United, Sat., Aug. 22, 10 am, 374,799
  3. Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat., Oct. 31, 8:45 am, 325,187 viewers
  4. Manchester City v West Ham United, Mon., Sept. 28, 3pm, 293,600
  5. Portsmouth v Everton, Sat., Sept. 26, 7:45am, 270,927
  6. Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat., Oct. 3, 10am, 265,508
  7. Tottenham v Sunderland, Sat., Nov. 7, 10am, 259,831
  8. Chelsea v Burnley, Sat., Aug. 29, 7:45 am, 253,934
  9. Liverpool v Burnley, Sat., Sept. 12, 10 am, 253,779
  10. Aston Villa v Manchester City, Mon., Oct. 5, 3 pm, 248,956
  11. Fulham v Hull City, Mon., Oct. 19, 3 pm, 209,207
  12. Aston Villa v Chelsea, Sat., Oct. 17, 7:45 am, 206,886
  13. Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa, Sat., Oct. 24, 7:45 am, 204,882
  14. Burnley v Sunderland, Sat., Sept. 19, 7:45 am, 199,380
  15. Liverpool v Birmingham City, Mon., Nov. 9, 3pm, 182,138
  16. Chelsea v Hull City, Sat., Aug. 15, 7:45 am, 164,485

As for Fox Soccer Channel, we have their TV ratings for the Chelsea versus Manchester United game which was played on Sunday, November 8th at 11am ET. The number of viewers for that game is as follows:

According to Nielsen Ratings, Fox Soccer Channel had 319,000 viewers watching the game which is their highest ever Premier League viewing audience on their channel and the second highest soccer game ever on Fox. The most number of viewers they’ve received is 369,000 for the Gold Cup final between USA and Mexico this past summer.

In the 18-34 male category, the Chelsea against Manchester United game had the highest ratings ever for Fox — higher than US versus Mexico. It had a 1.1 rating.

Competitively, the match was the #2 rated ad-supported cable program in the Sunday 11am-1pm ET time period behind NFL Countdown in the key male demos.

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  1. AJ

    November 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yes I see what the gentleman before me said. I get home from school at 5 to 3. So I’ve got enough time to drop my stuff, grab a soda, and turn the TV and the game ready to start. Liverpool-Birmingham’s rating is disappointing as it was fantastic game. What did Jon Champion say?

    “Both teams may take a bow for that showing a football tonight”

    Except N’Gog, going for a swim, it was a great game.

    I find it odd that Bolton’s match is rather high since most people think they’re boring to watch. Is that really the American opinion, I wonder. Most casuals probably enjoy direct football so I wonder if that might have anything to do with it?

  2. Duke

    November 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’m not surprised that the Liverpool-Birmingham numbers are so low, I’m surprised that the other Monday matches are so high. Who are all these people watching football instead of being at work or school? What am I missing here?

    • NotDuke

      November 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

      EPL matches. 😉

      • nothap'n

        November 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

        I must agree about the game times being a factor in the lower ratings. I am a high school teacher and we get done with school at 2:00pm (and can leave at 2:30pm), which I think is pretty early to end the workday, and even that is hard to get home in time to watch the game live instead of via DVR.

        If most people work until 4:00pm/5:00pm then these games are going to be hard to watch for many fans.

  3. Ivan

    November 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Wow! I am surprised how badly Pool-B’gham did ratings-wise on a Monday afternoon(compare Pool-Aston Villa from earliesr this season)…but, well done, FSC, for Chelsea-United. That’s quite impressive for a network that still only reaches about 35-40mln. people…keep in mind all the people who saw the game in countless bars across the country.

  4. kilmier

    November 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Hey Gaffer,

    You stated: “Competitively, the match was the #2 rated ad-supported cable program in the Sunday 11am-1pm ET time period behind NFL Countdown in the key male demos.”

    Is this a particular NFL Countdown show? I know of at least three which are widely viewed: CBS, FOX, and ESPN.

    • nothap'n

      November 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

      Cable…which means it is ESPN. CBS and FOX are national channels.

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