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2 million+ soccer fans watch el Clasico on beIN SPORTS


More than 2 million soccer fans watched the first 2015 edition of el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Sunday across beIN SPORTS.

The impressive number combines the 1.353 million who watched the game live on beIN SPORTS en Espańol and the 767,000 who watched the game on the English-language broadcast on beIN SPORTS.

The 2.12 million total viewers makes the game the most-watched match ever on the beIN SPORTS networks.

Given that beIN SPORTS is in 33 million homes in the United States, the viewing figures are very impressive.

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The broadcast of the match delivered a +16% increase in viewership from the previous broadcast of El Clasico (10/25/14) for beIN SPORTS English, and +64% increase in viewership for beIN SPORTS en Espanol.

Ratings peaked +26% during the 5:30 to 5:45 PM quarter hour on beIN SPORTS English, increasing from 767,000 to 968,000. Likewise, for beIN en Espanol, ratings also increased +25% from 1.353 million to 1.693 million viewers between the 5:30-5:45 PM time period of the telecast.

The English-language broadcast of the game featured a 2-hour pre-game show with Kay Murray (pictured above) alongside Michel Salgado, Patrick Kluivert, Gary Bailey and Andres Cordero, while the match commentary was provided by Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson who were on-site in Barcelona at Camp Nou.

The timing of the ratings bonanza is apt given that talks have started to determine the US TV rights holder to La Liga for 2015-2018.


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  1. Claudio

    March 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    FUBOTV I pay 8 bucks a month and get Bein Sports and GolTV that I am able to stream on my tv. So therefore you don’t have to look it up on your cable provider to get those channels.

    • Claudio

      March 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      FUBOTV is a legal site by the way.

  2. Frill Artist

    March 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Millions more couldn’t watch it because it wasn’t available in their cable lineup and had to resort to free online streams. Oh, well. Money lost for Bein.

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    March 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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  4. Kei

    March 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Countless more undoubtedly watched it on an online stream, legal or otherwise.

    Be interested in seeing what the ratings were for the 5pm MLS match. I have to assume the numbers aren’t in the same stratosphere.

    • Flyvanescence

      March 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      If El Clasico ratings were the stratosphere id guess MLS ratings were Earth’s core.

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