Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


Manchester United- Manchester City Averages 1.1 Million Viewers on NBCSN; Match Peaks at 1.3 Million Viewers

Manchester Derby is the Third-Most Streamed Premier League Match on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 14, 2015 – Sunday’s NBCSN telecast of Manchester United’s 4-2 victory over Manchester City averaged 1.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Premier League match in U.S. cable television history. Viewership peaked in the 11:15-11:30 a.m. ET quarter-hour with 1.3 million viewers. NBCSN featured live on-site coverage from Old Trafford on Sunday, including in-stadium and pitch-side studios, with the entire Premier League announce team working together on-location in the United Kingdom for the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013. With their first Manchester Derby win in five attempts, the Red Devils extended their Premier League winning streak to six matches.


NBCSN was the most-watched network on cable among Adults 18-49 during the game’s 11 a.m. -1 p.m. ET window. NBCSN’s Premier League Live pre-match coverage from Old Trafford was the network’s most-watched Premier League studio show of extended length (more than 20 minutes), and second-most watched Premier League studio show overall.


To date, NBC Sports Group’s Premier League viewership (average of 486,000 viewers) is up 10% compared to this point last season, and up 19% among Adults 18-49. NBCSN has televised four of the five most-watched Premier League matches in U.S. cable history (chart below).

Most-Viewed Premier League Matches on Cable (on record):

Date Home v. Away Network Viewers
Sun., April 12, 2015 Manchester United v. Manchester City NBCSN 1.1 million
Mon., April 30, 2012 Manchester City v. Manchester United ESPN 1.0 million
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014 Chelsea v. Manchester United NBCSN 1.0 million
Sun., Mar. 22, 2015 Liverpool v. Manchester United NBCSN 950,000
Sun., Oct. 5, 2014 Chelsea v. Arsenal NBCSN 874,000


Following are the highest-rated U.S. markets for Sunday’s Manchester Derby:


  1. Washington, DC
  2. Sacramento
  3. Columbus
  4. Denver
  5. Indianapolis
  6. West Palm Beach
  7. New York
  8. Tulsa
  9. Boston
  10. Orlando

The Manchester Derby was the third-most streamed Premier League match ever on NBC Sports Live Extra, delivering 74,465 uniques. Streaming of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra is up 57% compared to this point last season.

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available 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 via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. NBC UNIVERSO is airing 100 Premiere League matches in Spanish on its network, with matches also streamed live on its NBC UNIVERSO NOW app. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.