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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