Manchester Derby Sets EPL Viewership Record on ESPN

Posted by | May 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

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)