Newcastle A Top Draw In The United States

It turns out that the replay of the Newcastle vs Manchester United game last Sunday on Fox Sports over here in the US, was watched by an average of 1.7M viewers.

Patrice Evra – after scoring second goal following a corner
Where was our defense?

While that’s not very big by normal standards, the tape-delayed broadcast got a rating of 0.9.

That’s high for a Fox broadcast of the Premier League, and it was a 40% increase on the average audience, and it also compared to the 0.7 rating and 1.0 million average viewing audience that watched the Liverpool-Manchester United game in September, 2012.

Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch and is affiliated with Sky Sports, and the top football analyst at Fox Soccer is former Newcastle United and England right back Warren Barton, who does a great job for the network – and he’s also a huge Newcastle United fan.

And that rating is for the repeat of the game on tape delay, and doesn’t count the audience that watched the game live earlier in the day.

And of course Manchester United are a huge draw around the world, but there are good signs that Newcastle are becoming a popular club stateside, and we can see that from the many comments from the Americans on this site.

Maybe an American tour within a couple of years?

Soccer as they call it in the US,  is still a minor sport, but it seems the Premier League is starting to catch on, and is watched by a lot of  the youngsters, who can see how huge football (soccer) is outside the US.

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11 comments so far

  • nden85

    Oct 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Although it pains me to say it. This is more to do with the fact then Man Utd were playing and not just about us!

  • t00ntime

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    A) ed mentions that in the text
    B) the other man utd game only got 1million views.

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m surprised, Newcastle does have some popularity here because of the Goal! movies, but for some reason the country is filled with Liverpool fans!

    I like Barton, Eric Wynalda and Christopher Sullivan but I liked Christian Miles better than Rob Stone. They have good chemistry.

    luckily there’s not enough EPL fans around to mock after a shameful loss like this one vs Man U. Though I suppose I’m used to it being an Oakland Raiders fan.

  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Fair do’s toontime! I just dont think we should read to much into it thats all. A real indication of our interest in America would be number of views when we play clubs like Everton or West Brom!

  • bollance

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning Ian, hope u r keeping well.

    clinath@ed // Oct 13, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Made a very valid point on only having 11 purple players, it limits competition.

    The solution? We need 15 purple players who have better versatility.

    We will therefore need to cut the wage bill down to accommodate these extra 4 players.

    I would look at all of the purple players and firstly work out historically how many games they are available per season and look at moving on those prone to injury – saylor, maybe include tiote.

    Then who is on the most money – colo? Tiote?

    Who is getting old – Guti, colo

    But then you need to look at the bigger picture and realise that some of the above are irreplaceable like colo as club captain.

    In conclusion we have 3 candidates in saylor, Guti and tiote who could be replace with as joey Barton would say younger cheaper and probably foreign alternatives. A winger/st, midfielder who can play both roles and a defender who can play across te back 4.

    As the above are on less cash we can also afford an extra purple player or two.

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    btw I think an American tour would be very wise. I was actually surprised we’re touring Brazil because even though they are football crazy, they are usually only crazy about their home clubs. The culture there is intense but different.

    Hopefully Newcastle come stateside, maybe for a friendly vs the San Jose Earthquakes 🙂

    @bollance, either the staff is using more trickery or they are ignorant to the fact that there’s greater cash rewards for placing higher in the EPL+CL quali. I really hope we don’t fall into mediocrity with these transfer policies.

  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning bollance hope you are well too! Some good points you make. I think of all the team the most interesting possition to replace is Colo!!!!! We have missed him badly and what is a worthwhile replacement of his standing likely to cost??? If we are to continue moving forward and grow (8 year planlol) surely we need a solid tried and tested centre back in the spine of the team. I am not sugesting that we go out and pay 20 million or anything stupid but we really do need to start thinking about a successer and a strong challeneger to his possition ………NOW! Over to you Derek the Rat! Oh yeh! Sorry, silly me forgot……..WE CANT AFFORD IT!

  • nufcusa

    Oct 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Working in NJ the game is massive. Kids have replica kits for loads of teams. A tour of the US would be a very wise move.

  • jodemode

    Oct 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Soccer/Footy is a lot more popular here in the US than ED makes out. Yea, yanks look at it as a “wussy sport”, but I always respond “maybe, but the Dallas Cowboys couldnt run for 90 mins, you have to be tough”. Seattle Sounders get 50,000 solid fans a week! MORE THAN NUFC! Portland Timbers are close by and have a huge following too. Seattle and Portland are basically a Newcastle/Sunderland relationship.

  • stunna

    Oct 14, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed lives in the South. Soccer is much bigger in other parts of the country. In New England & other areas, soccer has been the main Autumn sport, if not year round sport, for kids to play for about 25-years. We just didn’t start getting much Prem League tv coverage until 5-years ago, so soccer-playing kids watched the NFL. Interest in European soccer is going to continue to grow here as long is it is on tv & the MLS’s quality stays poor. Newcastle is a somewhat popular team to support for those who don’t want to be considered bandwagon fans.


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