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Aston Villa vs. Leicester City scores 1 million viewers on NBC


Last Saturday’s game between Aston Villa vs. Leicester City televised on the NBC over-the-air network was watched by 1 million people in the United States.

The clash between one of the teams challenging for the title against a team battling to avoid relegation was the sixth match of this 2015/16 Premier League season to top more than 1 million viewers (NBC had 4 matches in the 2014/15 season that had 1 million+).

Following are the six matches on NBC to draw more than 1 million viewers this season:

Manchester United v. Liverpool, 9/12/2015, 1.2 million
Everton v. Arsenal, 10/24/2015, 1.2 million
Chelsea v. Stoke City, 11/7/2015, 1.1 million
Manchester United v. Leicester City, 11/28/2015, 1.0 million
Aston Villa v. Leicester City, 1/16/2016, 1.0 million
Chelsea v. Swansea, 8/8/2015, 1.0 million

An important note is that the Aston Villa-Leicester game is the first time a Premier League match on NBC has hit 1 million or more viewers for a game not involving the Premier League top 5 clubs (outside of Swansea-Cardiff, which had the benefit of an Olympic lead-in in 2014).

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  1. geriven

    January 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

    that sure is a lot of expat foreigners watching soccer in the states. because no red-blooded american would be caught dead watching a boring hipster douchebag eurotrash sport like soccer.

  2. Anthony

    January 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The late Sunday game (“Sunday Night Football”) is considered the marquee game each week, right?

    NBC should encourage the EPL and British networks to put some more marquee matches in the Saturday night (Saturday afternoon for US) time slot. Looking over the next few weeks, only Watford Leicester seems to be a very good game (Chelsea Newcastle is also interesting but not really important for the top of the table)

    • Christopher Harris

      January 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

      The Sunday 11am ET kickoff is the most-watched TV slot in England for the Premier League, so I don’t see them changing it anytime soon.

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