Last Saturday’s Manchester Derby set a new Premier League ratings mark on NBC Sports Network.
Manchester City’s 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United on Sept. 21 averaged 852,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data. That was NBCSN’s top telecast with the Premier League since it started airing matches from England’s top soccer circuit on Aug. 17.
The telecast ranks as the second-most-watched Premier League match on cable – behind the Man City-ManU match that averaged 1 million viewers for ESPN on April 30.
Over 22 matches through Sept. 22, NBCSN’s Premier League telecasts averaged 391,000 viewers – a 70% jump over the 230,000-viewer average posted by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer after five weeks of the 2012-13 season.
Through 27 telecasts on three networks -- four on NBC, 22 on NBCSN, one on CNBC (Telemundo and mun2 are not tallied here) -- the Premier League has drawn 9.1 million viewers, a 92% jump from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year.