Chelsea, ManU Top BPL Match For ESPN2


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.