The top 10 most watched Premier League games in the US this season

Swansea City Celebrate

Swansea City, Cardiff City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Manchester City all feature.

The Welsh derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City in February has been revealed as the most watched Premier League game in the United States this season, according to a report.

The game saw the Swans beat bitter rivals Cardiff 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium and is thought to have pulled in a colossal 1.24m viewers.

The figures come as a shock as just three games from the top-ten were contested between the traditional top four of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, with Champions Manchester City also featuring in just one of those games.

Swansea City were also involved in the second-highest viewed game, when they were defeated 2-0 at Old Trafford by Manchester United in January. United’s 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace in February also made the top-three most watched fixtures.

The figures come from the prestigious US television network NBC, who have paid a massive £150m to screen every live game of the Premier League on their channel.

Swansea v Cardiff always attracts a large audience as one of Britain and Europe’s most hostile derbies, but contained the added spice of Garry Monk taking his first game in charge of the Jacks. The match kicked-off at 17:30, as Monk secured his biggest win to date in the Swansea dugout.

On reflection, the biggest fixture in the top-ten was probably Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea last month, which essentially cost Liverpool the title alongside their 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace last week. The game with Chelsea pulled in around 940,000 viewers, with Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip providing the pinnacle of the drama.

The figures supplement the argument that the Premier League remains the best in the world at producing entertainment and that it is continuously expanding its global reputation. What is a surprise, is that the South Wales derby was, in this instance, the most viewed fixture. American fans will hopefully have enjoyed the game, as it’s one that they won’t be seeing again in the Premier League for at least another season.

Top 10 most watched Premier League games in the US this season.

NBC Viewing figures - Top 10

08/02/14

Swansea 3-0 Cardiff - 1.24million

11/01/14

Man Utd 2-0 Swansea - 1.10million

22/02/14

Crystal Palace 0-2 Man Utd - 1.06million

19/01/14

Chelsea 3-1 Manchester Utd - 1.02million

02/11/13

Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool - 991,000

27/04/14

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea - 940,000

14/09/13

Everton 1-0 Chelsea - 917,000

18/01/13

Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa - 900,000

31/08/13

Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland - 865,000

22/09/13

Man City 4-1 Man Utd - 852,000

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