Despite mostly early-morning kickoffs on the West Coast, Seattle is the top U.S. market for Premier League viewership on NBC platforms this season.
Heading into the final seven weeks of the season, the Emerald City stands ahead of West Palm Beach and Dallas on the ratings list.
Washington, D.C., was the front-runner for the first two seasons of NBC’s coverage but has slipped into a 10th-place tie this year. The District has also ranked among the top markets for the men’s and women’s World Cup.
Aside from leading the Premier League TV pack, Seattle has been first in MLS attendance for seven consecutive seasons.
The top 10 markets for the Premier League in 2015-16:
2. West Palm Beach
For Sunday’s Manchester derby between City and United, Baltimore garnered the top rating:
2. Kansas City
6. S.F. Bay Area
(tie) West Palm Beach
12. New York
14. Las Vegas
15. Greenville, S.C.
These lists are based on “ratings,” which measure the percentage of households with TVs that are tuned into that program. (Sometimes you will also see references to the “share,” which measures the percentage of the audience with TVs on at that time that are watching the program.) The specific numbers were not immediately available.
Sunday’s match was the highest-rated Manchester Derby telecast in U.S. history, attracting 1.17 million TV viewers. That’s according to fast national data provided by Nielsen Company. The network also recorded 4.4 million live minutes logged by online viewers at NBC Sports Live Extra. Since last season, NBC reports a 19 percent increase in unique streaming visitors and a 65 increase rise in the amount of time viewers are watching online.
The top 10 TV audiences for Premier League matches:
1. Manchester United vs. Arsenal (November 2014): 1.41 million on NBC
2. Chelsea vs. Manchester United (February 2012): 1.38 million on Fox
3. Chelsea vs. Manchester City (January 2015): 1.35 million on NBC
4. Manchester United vs. Chelsea (October 2014): 1.29 million on NBC
5. Manchester United vs. Arsenal (January 2012): 1.26 million on Fox
6. Manchester United vs. Liverpool (September 2015): 1.25 million on NBC
7. Cardiff City vs. Swansea City (February 2014): 1.24 million on NBC
8. Manchester City vs. Manchester United (March 2016): 1.17 million on NBC
9. Everton vs. Arsenal (October 2015): 1.15 million on NBC
10. Manchester United vs. Manchester City (April 2015): 1.13 million on NBCSN