Overnight TV ratings for Championship Sunday increase 10% compared to last year


NBC Sports has announced that the overnight TV ratings for its 2016 edition of Championship Sunday increased by 10% compared to last season’s number for the final day of the Premier League season.

Sunday’s schedule featured live Premier League matches on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks, as well as one match apiece on Spanish-language networks TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO.

The matches – featuring Manchester City virtually clinching a Champions League spot with a 1-1 tie against Swansea City on NBC – posted a combined 1.57 metered market rating (10am-Noon ET) on the 10 English-language networks, according to The Nielsen Company. The combined 1.57 overnight is up 10% from last year’s coverage (1.43).

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – delivered the most-streamed “Championship Sunday” ever, with 130,000 unique users and 7 million live minutes, up 43% and 100%, respectively, from last season’s Championship Sunday coverage (10 matches on 5/24/15).

SEE MORE: Schedule of Premier League games on US TV and streaming

Meanwhile, NBC Sports Group presents the final match of the 2015-16 Premier League season, Manchester United v. Bournemouth, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, at 3pm ET on NBCSN. The match, scheduled to take place yesterday as a part of Championship Sunday, was postponed amid security concerns. NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by analyst Lee Dixon at Old Trafford. Coverage on NBCSN begins at 2:30pm ET with Premier League Live. Steve Bower hosts Premier League Live joined by analyst Robbie Mustoe.

Last but not least, the top local markets for NBCUniversal’s 10-network “Championship Sunday” coverage were:

1. Knoxville
2. Tulsa
3. West Palm Beach
4. Baltimore
5. Indianapolis
6. Cleveland
7. Richmond
8. Norfolk
9. Columbus
10. Philadelphia
11. New York
12. Washington, D.C.
13. Boston
14. Jacksonville
15. Sacramento

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