Saturday afternoon’s (UK time) Newcastle v Arsenal match may not have been a sell out at St. James’ Park (read why HERE).
However, it was a big hit with TV viewers on the other side of the Atlantic.
Half a million watched the game, making it the sixth highest viewed broadcast of the week (16 March to 22 March) in the States.
Here are the top ten audiences and then a few other selected ones from the top 40 viewed matches:
1,353,000 Barcelona vs Real Madrid, beIN SPORTS (Spanish commentary) 1.353 million
950,000 Liverpool vs Manchester United, NBCSN
755,000 Barcelona vs Real Madrid, beIN SPORTS (English commentary)
604,000 Hull City vs Chelsea, NBCSN
532,000 Chivas vs Toluca, Univision Deportes
500,000 Newcastle United vs Arsenal, NBCSN
472,000 Monaco vs Arsenal, FOX Sports 1
451,000 Barcelona vs Manchester City, ESPN Deportes (Spanish commentary)
439,000 Manchester City vs West Brom, NBCSN
399,000 Barcelona vs Manchester City, FOX Sports 1 (English commentary)
323,000 Swansea v Liverpool (NBCSN) (13th highest)
236,000 West Ham v Sunderland (NBCSN) (17th highest)
59,000 Reading v Bradford FOX Sports 1 (24th highest)
17,000 Roma v Sampdoria (beIN SPORTS)(34th highest)
13,000 Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (beIN SPORTS) (35th highest)
7,000 Sevilla v Villareal (FOX Sports 2) (37th highest)
As you can see, the Premier League may be the most popular overall but Barca and Real Madrid have massive appeal.
If you combine the English and Spanish commentaries then the game between the two La Liga giants was over two million, more than double the figure who watched arguably the biggest clash in English football – Liverpool v Man Utd. Though how the timings of matches fit in with the USA audiences obviously also plays a big part.
Newcastle v Arsenal was the third most watched English game with Chelsea’s visit to Hull just in front.
However, the power of English football is shown when the likes of Bournemouth v Middlesbrough still gets more than a game like Sevilla v Villareal, telling you that Spanish football is really only about the two glamorous clubs.
The same with Italy, Roma v Sampdoria getting less than a third of the audience not so glamorous REading v Bradford got.
With news this morning that Newcastle are likely to tour America this summer, let’s hope the club get into gear to take commercial advantage of this massive interest in English football.