Tuesday, May 3, 2011

UEFA Champions League audience jumps 93 percent

Soccer America reports on the continuing rise of TV ratings for soccer here in the United States. The amazing thing to consider is that the UEFA Champions League games are shown here in the United States in the middle of the day, opposed to the prime time slots that traditional spectator sports are viewed (professional and college football).

The midday airing of the first legs of the UEFA Champions League semifinal series between Real Madrid and Barcelona and Manchester United and Schalke 04 drew a combined audience of more than 1.5 million viewers on the Fox networks -- an increase of 93 percent over last year's viewership for the semifinal first legs.

The Schalke 04-Man. United game was aired on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes, while Real Madrid-Barcelona was televised live FX and Fox Deportes.

The second legs will be held this week:

Barcelona hosts Real Madrid on Tuesday on Fox Soccer. Manchester United plays Schalke 04 on Wednesday on FX.

Both games air at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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