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Premier League ratings on NBC increase

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola holds the trophy as he celebrates with supporters at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2019 the day they won the English Premier League title. Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and see off Liverpool’s relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday. (Jon Super / Associated Press)
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola holds the trophy as he celebrates with supporters at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2019 the day they won the English Premier League title. Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and see off Liverpool’s relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday. (Jon Super / Associated Press)
Associated Press

NEW YORK – The final-day drama in England’s Premier League delivered big viewership numbers for NBC.

The network and Nielsen say 2.2 million viewers tuned in for “Championship Sunday,” which was the most-watched season finale in the United States. It was a 19% increase over last year’s final day, when the only drama was which teams would be relegated.

Champion Manchester City’s match at Brighton and Liverpool’s match against Wolverhampton averaged a combined 1.3 million.

All matches on the final day begin at the same time and are broadcast throughout networks owned by NBC.

Premier League director of broadcasting Paul Molnar said the league is pleased with the continued ratings increases in the U.S.

NBC Sports Group averaged 457,000 viewers per match window this season, which is a 2% increase over last year. Washington, D.C., was the highest-rated market for games on NBC and NBCSN.

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