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el Clásico watched by 1.6 million viewers on beIN SPORTS

EXCLUSIVE: The viewing numbers are in for one of the most exciting el Clásico games in recent history between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The match was televised live to viewers in the United States via beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. The combined viewing number for both networks was 1,594,000

beIN SPORTS benefitted from the Sunday mid-afternoon timeslot. The game was televised live from 2:45-4:45pm ET (11:45am to 1:45pm PT), which is far better than the December 2016 start time of 10:15am ET.

For the English-language broadcast, the viewing audience was 488,000. That number was eclipsed by the Spanish-language audience that averaged 1,106,000 viewers.

How does beIN SPORTS’ viewing numbers compare to previous el Clásico games that the network has televised?

• December 3, 2016: 1.433 million
• April 2, 2016: 1.915 million viewers
• November 21, 2015: 1.874 million viewers
• March 22, 2015: 2.120 million viewers

Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson commentated the game for beIN SPORTS. In the studio, Kay Murray hosted the broadcast alongside Kevin Egan. They were joined by Christian Vieri, former MLS Coach of the Year Thomas Rongen as well as former Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey.

On the Spanish-language beIN SPORTS en Español network, Jose Hernandez and Pablo Mariño were the announcers. The commentators also contributed to the pre-game, half-time and post-match coverage alongside host Ana Cobos and analyst Miguel Serrano.

SEE MORE: More impressive metrics from beIN SPORTS’ coverage of El Clásico

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  1. USAJerry

    April 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Not a bad rating at all for the Spanish Diving Championships.

  2. Mrx

    April 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Yes boring to watch because it’s not technically horrible like pl where all you see is teams kicking ball in up. Even low to midtable team in la liga will school pl on technical and aesthetic play. Anyway pl quality get exposed in Europe, hype can only get you audience in places like us but can’t make you win things.

  3. Alex

    April 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Bein sports has three leagues and still cant compete with premier league or liga mx. They dont know what to do to sell or bring ratings up. Real Madrid and Barcelona have strong fan base but what about the other 18 teams. No body cares about these 18 teams. They are simply boring to watch. On other hand, in EPL there are more combinations that deliver exciting games every weekend. The fan base for La Liga is central americans not Mexicans. Central americans dont have a league or cant watch their league in the USA thats why their teams are RM or Bar but not granada, elche or villareal. So, who cares about rest of la liga teams? Answer: Nobody.
    Mexicans love, follow, care, and watch their league and dont give a damn about 90% of games from other leagues. Mexicans watch el Clasico RM vs Bar but know rest of La Liga games are mediocre. Personally i love Liga Mx and Premier League and from La Liga i just watch el Clasico.

  4. HotKarl

    April 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    It would be very interesting to see what their streaming numbers are between fubo tv and go90.
    The bar I watch every el clasico at was way down in attendance largely due to people watching at home via go90 and chromecast.

  5. Mrx

    April 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Bein sports english rating is slowly going down for el clasico , it seems American fans prefer low quality football of teams like Leicster over pure technical skill lol.

    • Joe

      April 28, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Americans just don’t care in general. Sad but true.

    • vssqzqzzqzq

      April 28, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Also Leicester airs on channel much more accessible than beIN sports, everything isn’t a big soccer conspiracy.

  6. Oliver Tse

    April 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    beIN Sports USA’s English-language broadcast was plagued by a technical glitch between Miami and Madrid.

    Jamie Easton (who is actually Catalan despite an English-sounding name) was at the Bernabeu, but some of his reports did not get though to Miami. The result: a lot of dead air.

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