TV Report: MLS playoff viewers on NBCSN up 56%

The final MLS match on NBCSN -- Saturday's New England-New York playoff game -- drew 267,490 viewers. For three postseason games, NBCSN averaged 286,000 viewers, up 56 percent from the average for six postseason games in 2013 -- and up 149 percent from the average for eight games in 2012, the network's first season.

Earlier on Saturday, the Tottenham-Everton EPL game averaged 325,640 viewers on NBCSN. The NBC Sports Network did not renew its three-year agreement with MLS. ESPN and Fox will share the MLS rights, beginning in 2015.

MLS Playoffs on NBCSN:
AVG. MATCH, DATE
205,000
Real Salt Lake-LA Galaxy, Nov. 1
386,000 Seattle-FC Dallas, Nov. 10
267,490 New England-New York, Nov. 29
2014 Average: 286,000
2013 Average: 181,000
2013 Average: 115,000
2 comments about "TV Report: MLS playoff viewers on NBCSN up 56%".
  1. Clayton Davis, December 2, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

    NBC actually made some minimal efforts to boost ratings and it worked. Can't nhratulations. It was nice getting some games on the flagship channel. I'm sure if they had put forth the effort they did for the Premier League it would have been even better. It seems such a waste for it to move onto Fox. All this progress could be lost and the potential EPL lead-in is gone. Maybe having a fixed timeslot for years in a row really will do the trick , even if they are counterprogramming to the NFL. I just hope Fox takes it seriously this time. I've given up on ESPN trying to boost ratings.

  2. Dan Phillips, December 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

    Should have stayed with NBC. Unless Fox televises some games on its National Network, instead of the rarely watched Fox Sports 1, it will be a step back. And they should stick to the Saturday games as a lead in after EPL instead of Sundays, when they will have to compete part of the time with NFL, and Sunday night baseball. Big mistake to switch networks by MLS.

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