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Beckham debut sets MLS viewing record on ESPN
July 26th, 2007 7AM



ESPN's telecast of David Beckham's debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy against Chelsea on July 21 was the most-viewed telecast involving an MLS team on ESPN or ESPN2.

An average of 947,000 million television homes (1,468,000 viewers 2 and older) watched the World Series of Football game for a 1.0 rating.

Beckham played for 16 minutes in his first match in a Galaxy uniform despite nursing an ankle injury. The game was also the most-viewed and highest-rated program of the night on ad-supported cable networks among men 18-49 and 25-54.
The previous high for a match involving an MLS team was the 1996 debut game between D.C. United and the San Jose Clash, which was seen in 681,000 homes.

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