FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
NBCSN POSTS MOST-WATCHED PREMIER LEAGUE SUNDAY DOUBLEHEADER ON CABLE EVER
NBC Sports Group Presents 15 Premier League Matches Over Five Days with Saturday NBCSN Tripleheader Highlighted By Chelsea v. Arsenal at 8:45 a.m. ET
NBCSN Debuts Premier League 36 Featuring Manchester City on Sunday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Manchester Derby – Manchester United v. Manchester City on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Stamford, Conn. – March 18, 2014 – NBCSN’s Premier League coverage on Sunday, March 16, featuring a blockbuster doubleheader of Manchester United v. Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur v. Arsenal, averaged 725,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched Premier League Sunday doubleheader on cable ever.
NBCSN’s telecast of Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Manchester United averaged 779,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched early-morning Sunday match this season, the fourth most-watched Premier League match on NBCSN this season, and fifth most-watched ever on cable.
Since the start of the 2013-2014 Premier League season, NBCSN has posted four of the five most-watched Premier League cable telecasts on record (see chart below).
Five Most-Viewed Premier League Matches on Cable (on record):
|Date||Home v. Away||Network||Viewers|
|Mon., Apr. 30, 2012||Manchester United v. Manchester City||ESPN||1.0 million|
|Sun., Jan. 19, 2014||Chelsea v. Manchester United||NBCSN||1.0 million|
|Sun., Sept. 22, 2013||Manchester United v. Manchester City||NBCSN||852,000|
|Sun., Nov. 10, 2013||Arsenal v. Manchester United||NBCSN||803,000|
|Sun., March 16, 2014||Manchester United v. Liverpool||NBCSN||779,000|
Most Minutes Streamed for a Sunday Match: Fans live streamed 1,968,974 minutes of Manchester United v. Liverpool, the most ever for a Sunday match, via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Live Extra users streamed 3.4 million minutes of Sunday’s Premier League doubleheader action – the second-most minutes for a Premier League Sunday this season (The four matches on December, 29, 2013, totaled 3.6 million minutes).
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT 15 PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES OVER FIVE DAYS
NBC Sports Group continues its Premier League coverage with 15 matches over five days beginning with an NBCSN tripleheader on Saturday highlighted by league-leaders Chelsea v. third-place Arsenal at 8:45 a.m. ET. Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live.
NBCSN’s Saturday tripleheader continues with relegation-threatened Cardiff City v. second-place Liverpool at 11 a.m. ET, followed by West Ham United v. seventh-place Manchester United at 1:30 p.m. ET and Goal Zone at 3:30 pm. ET.
Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live followed by fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur v. eighth-place Southampton and 10th-place Aston Villa v. 11th-place Stoke City. This Sunday’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day at 2:30 p.m. ET features host Rebecca Lowe, former U.S. National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe providing in-depth analysis, post-match interviews and reaction, plus extended highlights with the match commentators.
PREMIER LEAGUE 36
NBCSN debuts Premier League 36 on Sunday, March 23, at 3:30 pm. ET. The 36 Series gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of world-class athletes as cameras follow the team for 36 hours, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their on- and off-field activities.
The first-ever Premier League 36: Manchester City features Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis with his wife and family, as he welcomes the crew into his home, and Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. In addition, the episode also highlights Reserves squad manager and 1998 World Cup champion Patrick Vieira, and kit man Les Chapman. Click here to take a look back at what has been a special season for Manchester City.
MANCHESTER DERBY – MANCHESTER UNITED V. MANCHESTER CITY
TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 3:45 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Match coverage continues Tuesday, March 25 with the Manchester Derby between local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City at 3:45 pm. ET on NBCSN.
In addition, Wednesday’s coverage features Liverpool v. Sunderland at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Tuesday and Wednesday’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.
All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 11 a.m. ET, Tuesday 3:45 p.m. ET and Wednesday 3:45 p.m. ET windows will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.
The interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.
All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Martino and Earle.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.
Below is the schedule for the 31st week of the Premier League season (all times ET):
|Date||Time||Home v. Away||Network|
|Tues., March 18||11:30 p.m.||Premier League Encore||NBCSN|
|Fri., March 21||7 a.m.||Barclays Premier League World||NBCSN|
|Fri., March 21||7:30 a.m.||Barclays Premier League Match Pack||NBCSN|
|Fri., March 21||8 a.m.||Barclays Premier League News||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||7 a.m.||Barclays Premier League Preview||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||7:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||8:45 a.m.||Chelsea v. Arsenal||NBCSN, mun2|
|Sat., March 22||10: 45 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||11 a.m.||Cardiff City v. Liverpool||NBCSN, mun2|
|Sat., March 22||11 a.m.||Manchester City v. Fulham||Extra Time|
|Sat., March 22||11 a.m.||Everton v. Swansea City||Extra Time|
|Sat., March 22||11 a.m.||Newcastle United v. Crystal Palace||Extra Time|
|Sat., March 22||11 a.m.||Hull City v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Sat., March 22||1 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||1:30 p.m.||West Ham United v. Manchester United||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||3:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||4 p.m.||Real Salt Lake v. Los Angeles Galaxy||NBCSN|
|Sat., March 22||11 p.m.||NBCSN’s Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||9 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||9:30 a.m.||Tottenham Hotspur v. Southampton||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||11:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||Noon||Aston Villa v. Stoke City||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||2 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN’s Match of the Day II||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 23||3:30 p.m.||Premier League 36||NBCSN|
|Mon., March 24||10:30 p.m.||Barclays Premier League Review||NBCSN|
|Mon., March 24||11:30 p.m.||Premier League Encore||NBCSN|
|Tues., March 25||3 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Tues., March 25||3:45 p.m.||Manchester United v. Manchester City||NBCSN|
|Tues., March 25||3:45 p.m.||Arsenal v. Swansea City||Extra Time|
|Tues., March 25||3:45 p.m.||Newcastle United v. Everton||Extra Time|
|Tues., March 25||6 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Tues., March 25||11:30 p.m.||Premier League Encore: Manchester Derby||NBCSN|
|Wed., March 26||3 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed, March 26||3:45 p.m.||West Ham United v. Hull City||Extra Time|
|Wed., March 26||4:00 p.m.||Liverpool v. Sunderland||NBCSN|
|Wed., March 26||6 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.
–NBC Sports Group–