Final day of EPL season seen by 1.35 million in US

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

NEW YORK -- A total of 1,348,000 viewers tuned into the U.S. television coverage of the final day of the Premier League season, an increase of 72 percent over 2011.

U.S. networks televised all 10 games Sunday on seven English-language networks, two Spanish-language networks and three Internet streams, up from coverage on two networks each in English and Spanish plus the Internet last year.

The largest rating was for Manchester City’s title-winning 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers, which was seen by an average 600,000 viewers on ESPN2 and 189,000 on ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen Media Research.

City scored twice in second-half stoppage time to finish ahead of Manchester United on goal difference and win the league for the first time in 44 years. The audience climbed to 987,000 on ESPN for 11:45 a.m.-noon EDT, when the title was decided.

Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Sunderland was seen by 161,000 on FX and 167,000 on Fox Deportes, with the FX audience peaking at 214,000 from 11:30 a.m.-noon EDT.

English-language viewers totaled 992,000 for EPL coverage and Spanish-language viewers 356,000.

Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Fulham was seen by 77,000 on Fox Soccer, Arsenal’s 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion by 59,000 on FSN, Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn by 53,000 on SPEED and Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at Swansea by 42,000 on FUEL TV.

Fox Soccer Plus, which showed Stoke’s 2-2 tie that relegated Bolton to the second-tier League Championship, is not rated.

There were 420,000 unique visitors to FoxSoccer.com, up from 111,000 on the final day of last season and an average of 173,000 on Sundays this season.

Everton’s 3-1 win over Newcastle was streamed on FoxSoccer.com. Norwich’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa and Wigan’s 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers were on FoxSoccer2Go.

Also Wednesday, ESPN announced that ESPN Deportes had acquired U.S. Spanish-language rights to the next three seasons of the second-tier Europa League under a sublicense from Fox.

Fox is taking over for the next three seasons from GolTV and is retaining U.S. English-language rights. Fox also has U.S. English- and Spanish rights to the Champions League for the next three seasons.

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