Manchester Derby Sets EPL Viewership Record on ESPN


The ‘Manchester derby’ earned the largest audience ever for the English Premier League on U.S. cable television.

Monday’s EPL match between Manchester City and Manchester United drew a 0.7 U.S. rating and 1.033 million viewers on ESPN Monday afternoon, the largest audience ever for an EPL telecast on U.S. cable television.

The telecast topped the previous record — 610,000 viewers for a 2010 Chelsea/Arsenal match on ESPN2 — by 69%.

The match also drew 273,000 viewers on ESPN Deportes.

(Monday’s numbers from ESPN press release)