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Washington is top U.S. market for UEFA Champions League TV ratings. Overall, 91 percent increase nationally for Barcelona victory over Manchester United

The U.S. TV coverage of the UEFA Champions League final last Saturday attracted 4.2 million viewers, a 91 percent increase from the 2010 telecast.

Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United was seen by 2.6 million on Fox and 1.6 million on Spanish-language Fox Deportes, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In 2010, Inter Milan’s victory over Bayern Munich attracted a combined 2.2 million on Fox and Fox Deportes (1.6 million on Fox).

The Washington, D.C., area had the largest audience among metropolitian areas this year, followed by Seattle, New York and Providence (tied), Los Angeles and Austin (tied), San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix (tied), and San Diego and Tampa (tied).

Seattle experienced the biggest increase from 2010 with a 383 percent bump.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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