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ESPN2 TV Ratings for Man City v Man United

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A few weeks ago, ESPN2 achieved a record high TV viewing audience for a broadcast of a Premier League match on US television. That game on April 3, 2010 between Manchester United and Chelsea drew an audience of 526,000 viewers. And now with this past Saturday’s derby between Manchester City and Manchester United, ESPN2 scored an equally impressive viewing audience.

The Manchester derby generated a 0.3 rating and was seen by an estimated 420,000 viewers in 316,000 TV homes. While the list of ratings for 2009-10 Premier League matches on US television is not comprehensive, it appears likely that the TV audience for the Manchester City against Manchester United game was the second highest of this season.

ESPN2’s recent luck with quality fixtures continues this weekend when they’ll be showing the live game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at 7:45am ET.

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  1. eric

    April 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    whi the sound of fsc plus are very poor?

  2. bookmakers

    April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Finally an increasing audience in the US for this sport…I dont know why its taken so long…

    • CTBlues

      April 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Viewership is up because ESPN is part of basic cable and satilite packages where as FSC is usually part of sports packages or high tier cable/sat packages and FS+/Setanta are/were premium channels in the US. Also ESPN is really pumping the World Cup for this summer and are pretty ticked off at FSC for stealing the Champions League from them. I wouldn’t be supprised if ESPN steals the EPL from FSC and sublicences to FSC/FS+ when the rights go up for bid again.

  3. Kevin

    April 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I’d like to know the numbers for the North London Derby.

    • The Gaffer

      April 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      It was on a Wednesday afternoon, so the numbers may not have been that big, but I’ll see what I can find.

      The Gaffer

  4. Tom

    April 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love it when there is a good game at 6AM on Saturday. I like that time better than 10:30AM.

    • Oliver

      April 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      I like the early game too… when your team wins the early Saturday match is sets up the entire weekend perfectly

  5. KJ

    April 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    As an American West-Coaster, I will say that getting up at 4:30 to watch a game is a tough task. I don’t know of any way around the time barrier, maybe tape delay, but there are so many potential viewers on the West Coast who just can’t justify getting up at 4:30. Maybe the viewer numbers double, maybe they only go up to 600,000, but there’s a large audience being left out.

  6. JW

    April 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I agree about ESPN’s HD quality, it knocks FSN/FSC’s out of the water. But as far as camera angles, etc., all the Saturday morning games are direct feeds from over there anyway, so it shouldn’t matter. (Except for the weekday afternoon games ESPN produces over there and runs here.)

    As an American EPL fan I do try to catch most 7:45 am games, but I definitely make more of an effort to watch the better matchups, and that’s what the ratings to me seem to reflect.

    • Jim

      April 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      When you compare the video quality of ESPN2HD to FSCHD (or any two HD channels) you need to keep in mind that the data stream allocated to each channel is different and in all likelihood ESPN/Disney has negotiated a larger data stream for their channels than the red-headed stepchild of the News Corp. media holdings. This means that the ESPN2HD feed is less compressed and has fewer digital artifacts that screw up the picture. It’s more about your cable/satellite provider and less about the technical people at the respective channels.

  7. View from USA

    April 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Also ESPN2 has the highest Quality digital and High Def. broadcasting of EPL matches. And their camera angles are many. I wish ESPN had more broadcast rights for EPL in the USA. I would gladly subscribe for an “EPSN – EPL – and Championship (Coca-Cola) league” package.

  8. John Boschini

    April 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This is really great news because people were tuning in for the game, not to see the Wayne Bridge/John Terry drama. I think close to a half a million people watching an EPL match at 7:30 am (4:30 for our friends on the West Coast) is great sign of the emergence of the Premier League in the U.S.

    Thanks for the update.

    • mw828

      April 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

      not sure what you mean about terry/bridge.

      • John Boschini

        April 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

        The whole circus around Terry’s affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend and how Bridge refused to shake Terry’s hand. It was the focal point of the pre-match buildup, which is kind of regrettable because it was an entertaining game.

        • Oliver

          April 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

          thats not the match referenced in the story. The high viewing figures were for ManU v Chelsea, not Chelsea v ManC

          • John Boschini

            April 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

            So it is, teaches me to try and think before coffee.

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