Chelsea, ManU Top BPL Match For ESPN2

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Chelsea's big win Saturday put it atop the Barclays Premier table and ranked as ESPN2's top match with the English futbol circuit to date.

The Blues' 2-1 win over Manchester United on April 3, which kicked off on ESPN2 at 7:30 a.m., averaged a 0.4 household rating and 526,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data.

Those performances easily surpassed the 0.3 average and 398,000 for the network's erstwhile Nielsen leader with the BPL: the Aug. 24, 2009 match between Liverpool and Aston Villa.

ESPN2, which gained the BPL rights through a sublicensing deal from Fox Soccer Channel that were previously assigned to the now defunct Setanta Sports U.S., has seven more matches from the circuit on tap this season. 

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