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Audience Analysis: Championship Sunday Helps EPL To Season Uptick

NBC Sports averaged a total audience delivery of 457,000 viewers for the ’18-19 EPL season, up 2% from 449,000 last season and up from 447,000 viewers two seasons ago. Championship Sunday was the difference this year, as NBC Sports was flat heading into last weekend. But with the title on the line on the last day for the first time since ’13-14, solid numbers for NBC and NBCSN pushed the league average into positive territory. NBC averaged 854,000 TV-only viewers for Sunday’s Wolverhampton-Liverpool match, while NBCSN averaged 443,000 viewers for Manchester City-Brighton. For the complete season across NBC and NBCSN, DC retook the top spot among U.S. markets for game telecasts, followed by Baltimore, which was No. 1 last season.

EPL VIEWERSHIP TREND FOR NBC SPORTS OUTLETS
SEASON
AVG. VIEWERS (000)
'18-19
457
'17-18
449
'16-17
447
'15-16
514
'14-15
479
'13-14
438
NOTES: Figures starting with '16-17 are total audience delivery. All figures before that are TV-only.
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ROAD RULES: NBC on Saturday afternoon drew 1.1 million viewers for the broadcast network’s first-ever NTT IndyCar Series race. That figure is the best mark for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis road course race since the inaugural edition on ABC back in ’14 (1.2 million viewers). A season-to-date comparison for NBC Sports’ first season with IndyCar may still need some time, as ABC carried the season opener last year and NBCSN carried the opener this year. ABC carried five races last year, and NBC will have its fifth race on June 23 (and then three races after that).

The chart below lists final audience figures from select recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS
(000)
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Warriors-Rockets: Game 6
5/10
ESPN
9:12-11:39pm
4.5
7,328
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Raptors-76ers: Game 7
5/12
TNT
7:00-9:43pm
4.0
6,935
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Warriors-Rockets: Game 4
5/6
TNT
9:36pm-12:13am
4.3
6,881
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Warriors-Rockets: Game 5
5/8
TNT
10:35pm-1:17am
4.2
6,766
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Trail Blazers-Nuggets: Game 7
5/12
ABC
3:30-6:15pm
3.7
6,337
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Bucks-Celtics: Game 5
5/8
TNT
8:00-10:35pm
3.1
4,821
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Raptors-76ers: Game 6
5/9
ESPN
8:10-10:42pm
2.8
4,406
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Trail Blazers-Nuggets: Game 6
5/9
ESPN
10:42pm-1:07am
2.6
3,947
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Bucks-Celtics: Game 4
5/6
TNT
7:00-9:36pm
2.5
3,716
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Raptors-76ers: Game 5
5/7
TNT
8:00-10:35pm
2.5
3,713
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Trail Blazers-Nuggets: Game 5
5/7
TNT
10:35pm-1:10am
2.3
3,428
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson: Final Round
5/12
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.6
2,419
NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Hurricanes-Bruins: Game 2
5/12
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.2
2,264
NHL Western Conference Semifinals:
Blues-Sharks: Game 1
5/11
NBC
8:06-11:00pm
1.2
2,090
Liga MX: Cruz Azul-Club America
5/9
Univision
10:00pm-12:11am
0.9
1,603
"NBA Countdown"
5/12
ABC
3:00-3:30pm
1.0
1,601
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson: Third Round
5/11
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.0
1,467
Premier Boxing Champions:
Julian Williams d. Jarrett Hurd
5/11
Fox
8:00-10:53pm
0.9
1,385
NTT IndyCar Series: Grand Prix of Indianapolis
5/11
NBC
3:45-5:45pm
0.7
1,066
Liga MX: Pachuca-Tigres UANL
5/11
Univision
7:30-10:00pm
0.5
928
EPL: Wolverhampton-Liverpool
5/12
NBC
10:00am-12:45pm
0.6
854
Women's soccer friendly: U.S.-South Africa
5/12
Fox
4:30-7:00pm
0.4
705
Rugby: European Championship Cup (taped)
5/11
NBC
12:00-2:00pm
0.4
516
Esports: Overwatch League:
Stage 2 Finals (taped)
5/12
ABC
1:00-3:00pm
0.4
505
"World of X Games"
5/11
ABC
2:00-3:00pm
0.3
426
MLS: Atlanta United-Orlando City
5/12
Fox
2:15-4:30pm
0.2
395
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich-Leipzig
5/11
Fox
9:30-11:30am
0.2
348
Esports: Overwatch League:
Stage 2 Playoffs (taped)
5/11
ABC
3:00-6:00pm
0.3
313
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