To say the 2015-16 season of the English Premier League was memorable would be an understatement. Not only did the ultimate 5,000-to-1 longshot Leicester City become champion, but more folks in the US EPL matches on NBC and its family of networks than ever before.
Some highlights from NBC:
- Coverage reached a record of more than 36 million viewers – a 26% increase from last season’s 28.7 million people reached
- An average of 514,000 viewers per match – a 7% increase from last season’s record of 479,000
- NBC Sports Live Extra saw 118% growth this season in minutes streamed with 613 million minutes total and 2.6 million unique users
- NBC Sports Group has televised 12 of the 15 most-watched live Premier League matches in U.S. television history, including four this past season
- The Chelsea – Swansea City match on opening weekend averaged 1 million viewers making it the most-watched opening weekend game in U.S. history
- Washington DC had the top local market ranking, proving their point of strong TV ratings from our Soccer Market Rankings
Additionally, our Twitter friend Spurs_US has been tracking average television viewers for reach team throughout the season. Manchester United topped all teams in terms of average viewers for both weekends and overall matches, followed by Manchester City and Chelsea. Champions Leicester finished 7th in weekend viewers and 8th overall.
— Tottenham Hotspur US (@Spurs_US) May 20, 2016