A list of the Top 10 most watched live TV games so far this season has just been published.
Seven rounds of Premier League matches have gone so far.
Five of Newcastle’s seven games have been shown live: the home games against Tottenham & Liverpool, plus away ones at Huddersfield, Swansea and Brighton.
Of all Premier League live TV games so far, eight of them have had a UK audience of over 1m viewers.
This year’s top 10 most viewed live TV games (so far) according to BARB:
Newcastle v Liverpool – 1.56million
Spurs v Chelsea – 1.29million
Manchester United v Everton – 1.271million
Manchester United v West Ham – 1.15million
Liverpool v Arsenal – 1.089million
Arsenal v Leicester – 1.07million
Manchester City v Everton – 1.059million
Swansea v Newcastle – 1.002million
Chelsea v Arsenal – 900,000
Manchester City v Liverpool – 800,000
As you can see, Newcastle feature in two of those games that attracted at least 1m UK viewers.
The trip to Swansea was the eighth highest so far and then the home game v Liverpool easily the biggest so far.
The game against the scousers attracting some 270,000 more UK viewers than the next highest – Spurs v Chelsea.
With no doubt those domestic viewing figures reflected in the worldwide audience for Newcastle v Liverpool, little wonder Mike Ashley is in no hurry to sell the club, thanks to the massive global (free) promotion it gives Sports Direct and the rest of his retail empire.
The Chronicle report that Newcastle’s other three live TV games had audiences of:
Newcastle v Tottenham – 794,000
Huddersfield v Newcastle – 724,000
Brighton v Newcastle – 718,000