Southampton’s shocking victory over Man City will be the most watched Premier League game of all time
Southampton’s shocking victory over Man City becomes ALL TIME’s most watched Premier League game after topping 5.7 million on BBC One … beating the previous record of Merseyside derby stalemate two weeks ago
- Viewers tuned in to see Che Adams’ first Southampton goal in Man City
- The match overshadowed the previous record high of 5.5 million for the Merseyside derby in June
- Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker set the viewing record on Twitter
- The BBC has another match between Burnley and Wolves
The Premier League title race may be over, but interest in the UK’s top flight of this period remains high after confirming record TV figures for Southampton’s clash with Manchester City.
The Saints’ surprise 1-0 win over Pep Guardiola on Sunday drew 5.7 million viewers on BBC One, overshadowing the previous record set in June when Everton and Liverpool played a goalless draw at Goodison Park for 5.5 million fans on Sky Sports.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a radical shift in the game calendar as the teams are desperately trying to complete the 2019-2020 campaign by the end of the month, after three months of blocking leading to a break in the season in March have led.
Southampton’s win over Manchester City on Sunday left a record number of TV viewers
About 5.7 million tuned in to see Che Adams’ first-ever Saints goal past Pep Guardiola
This has led to Premier League games being shown on the widely accessible BBC for the first time.
BBC’s Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker thought about the record numbers on Twitter.
He said: ‘With an audience of 5.7 million on the BBC, Southampton vs Manchester City was the most watched Premier League game of all time. I can’t believe it took so long. ‘
BBC headman Steve Rudge followed up on the latest success of Premier League football on free-to-air platforms and said, “Having the Premier League was great for our viewers.”
“We were delighted to deliver this game to the widest free-to-air audience.”
Gary Lineker, the presenter of the BBC, presented the ratings on Twitter
Contrary to the previous record that delivered a largely dull clash when Liverpool was on their way to their first league title in 30 years, viewers were treated to the St Mary’s meeting, even with little result for either team.
Che Adams scored his first Southampton goal in 30 games with a stunning 40-yard strike in the 16th minute before Manchester City messed up a lot of chances as they were desperate for an equalizer.
The BBC will host another Premier League game this season when Burnley hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers on July 15.
The aimless Merseyside derby had set the previous record in Premier League ratings