BBC sets Premier League viewing figure record

07 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Southampton’s Premier League victory over Manchester City became the most watched game in Premier League history after being broadcast free to air by the BBC.

The broadcaster has revealed that a peak audience of 5.7 million people watch some part of the broadcast, which began at the unusual time of 6.35pm on a Sunday. 

After City’s 4-0 victory over Liverpool in the previous game, Southampton earned an unexpected 1-0 victory, with a goal from Che Adams.

Steve Rudge, BBC Lead Executive, Football said: “Having the Premier League on the BBC has been great for our viewers and we were delighted to deliver this compelling game to the widest free-to-air audience as BBC Football continues to capture the drama of the Premier League and the FA Cup.”

The numbers beat the previous best, set on the opening weekend of the Premier League restart, when Everton and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw. That game, broadcast on Sky Sports, reached a peak audience of 5.7 million.

Before the behind-closed-doors restart to the Premier League season, the most-watched game in the league’s history came in 2012 and also involved Manchester City - when the Blues beat rivals Manchester United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium en route to winning their first Premier League title.