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Leicester-Man United scores 1.17 million viewers on NBC Sports

Saturday’s broadcast of Leicester City against Manchester United averaged 1.179 million viewers across NBC and Telemundo in an entertaining 2-2 game.

The 2:45-4:45pm ET broadcast averaged 991,000 viewers on the over-the-air NBC network, while Telemundo averaged 188,000 viewers for a combined audience total of 1,179,000.

It was a rarity for a Premier League match to feature a late 2:45pm ET kick-off time on a Saturday. NBC presented a special doubleheader that began at 12:30 p.m. ET with Burnley versus Tottenham.

The 12:30-2:30pm ET Burnley-Spurs match averaged 896,000 viewers on NBC.

Arlo White commentated Leicester City v. Manchester United, joined by analyst Graeme Le Saux at King Power Stadium. Telemundo’s broadcast featured announcer Andres Cantor.

In comparison to MLS, the Leicester-Manchester United broadcast had more viewers than the 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders that aired on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes. The MLS Cup final had 1,143,000 viewers, which was 43% worse than the number for the 2016 MLS Cup final.

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  1. Gus Ortiz

    January 1, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I think MLS should consider revamping play off format to single winner takes all as in NFL and move to fall to spring season with MLS Cup played in a much less sports conjested late May date.

  2. tim

    December 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I think this says a lot about MLS that their premier event was outdrawn by two teams who have no shot at winning the EPL. There are soccer fans in this country and MLS is not appealing to them.

  3. jose

    December 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Any ratings for Real Madrid – Barca game?

    • Christopher Harris

      December 29, 2017 at 9:32 am

      We’re waiting to hear what the viewing numbers are for the Spanish-language broadcast, but the English broadcast on beIN SPORTS averaged 258,000 viewers. The 7am ET kickoff time was a killer for the US.

  4. Anthony

    December 29, 2017 at 8:03 am

    It seems to me that overall, premier league ratings are up a bit this year compared to last season on NBC. I’ve noticed more compelling matchups during the big tv windows.

  5. diego uribe

    December 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I was one of them. Poor decision making from Mou.

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