Archives: TV Ratings

MLS Playoff Ratings on ESPN2 Continue to Beat Premier League

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Thanks to Sports Media Watch for this nugget: ESPN2 averaged a 0.2 U.S. rating and 254,000 viewers for its first two MLS Playoff telecasts. In particular, Dynamo/Sounders on October 29 drew a 0.2 and 274,000, while Galaxy/Chivas USA on November … Continue reading

MLS Outperforming EPL on American TV

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Barclays Premier League may be the most popular sports league in the world, but it is not the most popular football league in the United States. That distinction would fall to the Mexican League. But now, we have empirical … Continue reading

TV Fees – The Key to MLS’ Future

Posted on by Peter C

TV Rules The number one item that should be on the agenda for MLS officials should be has to be the preservation of the TV rights contracts. Why do I believe that TV holds the future of MLS in its … Continue reading

MLS’ TV Problem: Discussing Possible Solutions

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With news of the remarkable TV ratings the English Premier League has achieved on ESPN2 this past Saturday morning and Monday afternoon, comes the question again about MLS’ TV strategy and viability. Both games which were timed oddly for the … Continue reading

Quick Hits: TV Ratings, All Star Mania, CONCACAF, Etc

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

DeRo vs Nigel Henry/ Photo by Paul Giamou 5.4 million homes tuned into the Univision broadcast of US-Mexico in the Gold Cup final. The 5-0 Mexican win was the Nielsen ratings winner in its time slot in many markets. The … Continue reading

WPS and EPL Big Winners for FOX in Ratings Game

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

When Fox Soccer Channel became Nielsen rated last October the hope at least on my end was that it provides evidence that more people were interested in Major League Soccer as spectator sport than the English Premier League. I even … Continue reading

MLS Thursday is no more

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

  ESPN’s Primetime MLS Thursday games failed to attract the viewership hoped by the network. Today the network announced that it is shelving the Thursday Primetime package and will mix MLS games on multiple days during the week much as … Continue reading

MLS Cup Ratings Fall: A Call to Action

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

This past Sunday’s MLS Cup Final on ABC received a 0.7 Nielsen rating. Last year’s final between Houston and New England received a 0.8 rating. From my vantage point this is a disappointing number considering the game started at 3:30 … Continue reading

MLS TV Ratings Worrying

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Maybe I was simply delusional. Perhaps I was drinking the Kool Aid. This past April on EPL I had engaged in a back and forth dialogue with the publisher of that site, Christopher Harris (aka the Gaffer) arguing the … Continue reading