On an important soccer weekend, NBC drew good numbers from leagues both domestic and imported.

Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea drew 1.29 million viewers to the Peacock, ranking it as the most-watched Premier League match in the network’s 15-month history televising EPL games. It’s the second-most watched Premier League fixture ever in America, behind, United and Chelsea’s Super Bowl Sunday tussle in 2012 on Fox.

This is especially impressive when you consider the competition. Chelsea-United went up against live football from Wembley Stadium in London (Lions-Falcons on Fox) and live football from America later on at both CBS and Fox. That rivalry, despite United’s struggles and Chelsea’s domination of the EPL, still packs a huge ratings punch.

NBC is ending its partnership with MLS after this season, but they managed their best-ever numbers for the league this weekend as well. Galaxy-Sounders — featuring a must-win for the league’s Supporters Shield and Landon Donovan’s final regular season MLS match– drew 699,000 viewers. That’s the most-watched MLS game ever on NBC or NBCSN in the three years they’ve televised the league. The game outrated¬†its EPL lead-in, Leicester City-Swansea City.

While far from the heights of the World Cup, networks are continuing to grow with soccer, both with the always popular Premier League and the still growing MLS.

About Steve Lepore

Steve Lepore is a writer for Bloguin and a correspondent for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

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