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Man. United-Real Madrid viewership tops 1 million
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, March 11th, 2013 12:58AM
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TAGS:  chivas usa, mls, soccer business, television, uefa champions league


By Ridge Mahoney & Paul Kennedy

Combined viewership on FOX Soccer and FOX Deportes topped 1 million last Tuesday for the Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League match.

According to Nielsen Media Research figures released by the network, FOX Soccer’s telecast drew 520,000 viewers and another 582,000 viewers watched on FOX Deportes for a combined viewership of 1.102 million

Real rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win the match, 2-1, after a controversial red card to Nani left United down to 10 men, and thus took the series, 3-2, on aggregate.

The FOX Soccer rating is the third highest recorded by the channel since its launch as Fox Sports World in 1997. The 2011 Gold Cup final between the United States and Mexico rated at 1.1 million viewers and
a Chelsea-Liverpool telecast prior to the Super Bowl that same year generated a figure of 579,000.

CHIVAS USA, WEEK 2. There was good news and bad news Sunday afternoon on the Chivas USA front. Its crowd for Week 2 was 6,801, down from the announced crowd of 7,121 -- the lowest for an MLS home opener in league history -- for its game against Columbus. The good news: the Rojiblancos rallied from a goal down to beat FC Dallas, 3-1, for their first win under new coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Chivas USA will be the visiting team at the Home Depot Center Sunday night when it plays the LA Galaxy in the SuperClasico.

MLS ATTENDANCE WATCH. Crowds for three of the four MLS teams who played their home openers over the weekend increased compared to their 2012 home openers. Toronto FC's crowd was up almost 6,000 as it moved its game against Sporting Kansas City indoors to Rogers Centre from BMO Field. The only club whose crowd was down was Chicago, which attracted only 13,242 for its opener against New England.

2013 MLS Home Openers, Week 3
25,991 Toronto FC-Sporting KC (20,070)
17,072 D.C. United-Real Salt Lake (16,314)
15,122 Colorado-Philadelphia (14,749)
13,242 Chicago-New England (18,075)
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