Man Utd/Man City telecast sets records in US

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia ©RapidTVNews | 03-05-2012

Monday’s 'Manchester Derby' Premier League soccer showdown between Manchester City and Manchester United drew an unprecedented 1.033 million average viewership (832,000 television homes) in the US, making it the most-watched Premiership telecast on US cable TV.

The match, a deserved 1-0 home win for Manchester City, far surpassed the previous high, an ESPN2 telecast of Arsenal vs Chelsea, seen by an average of 610,000 viewers on Monday 27 December 2010, according to Nielsen.

The story was the same on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language sports network which began featuring EPL matches in August 2010. The match earned a 4.0 Hispanic coverage rating, representing 205,000 Hispanic households (273,000 Hispanic viewers). The previous high on ESPN Deportes delivered 127,000 households, (183,000 Hispanic viewers) for Blackburn vs Man United on 2 April 2012.

On ESPN3 and WatchESPN, an average-minute audience of nearly 87,200 people watched the Manchester Derby via computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox, and logging a total of 13.1 million minutes across platforms.