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Final Ratings: MLS All-Star Game Sees Best Audience In Years On ESPN2

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ESPN2 drew 862,000 viewers for the MLS All-Stars’ win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, marking the game’s best audience since ’04, when it drew 1.07 million viewers on ABC. The telecast on Wednesday outdrew both MLS ASGs featuring Manchester United in ’11 (781,000 viewers) and ’10 (714,000 viewers). Last year’s game featuring AS Roma drew 319,000 viewers, while the ’12 match against Chelsea drew 530,000 viewers. Meanwhile, UniMas drew another 410,000 viewers for the match, for a combined audience of 1.27 million viewers. That figure is the second-best for the MLS ASG all-time, behind only ’11, which drew 1.45 million viewers.

MLS ALL-STAR GAME AUDIENCE TREND
YEAR
NETWORK
OPPONENT
VIEWERS (000)
'14
ESPN2
Bayern Munich
862
'13
ESPN2
AS Roma
319
'12
ESPN2
Chelsea
530
'11
ESPN2
Manchester United
781
'10
ESPN2
Manchester United
714
'09
ESPN2
Everton
484
'08
ESPN
West Ham United
537
       

NOTES: Fox drew 726,000 viewers for the ManU-Real Madrid match as part of the Guinness Int’l Champions Cup last Saturday, up from the net’s 555,000 viewers for ManU-AS Roma on July 26. Last year, Fox had only one ICC match, drawing 990,000 viewers for Real Madrid-Everton….FS West on Thursday night once again drew a season-best audience for an Angels game. The finale of the Freeway Series drew a 4.74 local rating in L.A., compared to a 1.0 on SportsNet LA (home to the Dodgers).

The charts below list final ratings and viewership from recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS
(000)
Pro Football HOF Game: Giants-Bills
8/3
NBC
8:10-11:00pm
5.2
8,530
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Final Round
8/3
CBS
2:00-7:07pm
2.5
3,680
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Third Round
8/2
CBS
2:00-6:00pm
1.6
2,184
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
8/2
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
0.5
737
Guinness Int'l Champions Cup:
Manchester United-Real Madrid
8/2
Fox
4:00-6:00pm
0.5
726
Breeders' Cup Challenge: Whitney Handicap
8/2
NBC
5:00-6:30pm
0.5
705
"PGA Tour 2014: Playing With A Purpose"
8/2
CBS
1:00-2:00pm
0.5
702
Soccer friendly: Chivas de Guadalajara-Bayern Munich
7/31
UniMas
7:55-10:06pm
0.4
674
"Kurt Busch 36"
8/3
NBC
5:30-6:00pm
0.4
639
Liga MX: Cruz Azul-Veracruz
8/2
Univision
5:55-8:00pm
0.3
567
"PGA Championship Preview: This Is Major"
8/3
CBS
1:00-2:00pm
0.4
565
World of X Games: ASP Surfing
8/2
ABC
3:00-4:00pm
0.3
461
"Red Bull: Project Acheron: Patagonia"
8/3
NBC
3:00-4:00pm
0.3
461
"Global Rallycross: Season Review"
8/3
NBC
4:00-5:30pm
0.3
457
MLS: Galaxy-Timbers
8/2
NBC
3:00-5:00pm
0.3
409
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS
(000)
NASCAR Sprint Cup: GoBowling.com 400 (Pocono)
8/3
ESPN
12:47-4:30pm
2.8
4,374
MLB: Yankees-Red Sox
8/3
ESPN
8:00-11:53pm
1.5
2,243
"NASCAR Countdown"
8/3
ESPN
12:00-12:47pm
1.0
1,436
NASCAR Nationwide Series: U.S. Cellular 250 (Iowa)
8/2
ESPN
8:00-10:30pm
0.8
1,338
Team USA Basketball exhibition
8/1
ESPN
9:00-10:48pm
0.7
1,061
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Final Round
8/3
Golf
12:00-1:30pm
0.6
848
Boxing: Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves/
Sergey Kovalev-Blake Caparello
8/2
HBO
9:46pm-12:21am
0.6
824
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Third Round
8/2
Golf
12:00-1:30pm
0.6
807
NHRA Mello Yello Series:
O'Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals (Seattle)
8/3
ESPN2
7:00-10:00pm
0.4
729
Pro Football HOF Induction Ceremony
8/2
ESPN2

6:50-11:41pm

0.5
718
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