Sky Sports reveals top 5 most watched Premier League fixtures of all-time
Sky Sports has released the viewing figures of the top five most watched Premier League games of all-time. In this article, we’re going to take a look at them.
The English sports broadcaster has enjoyed another record-breaking season with two matches gaining entry into its list of the top five most-watched Premier League fixtures of all-time.
Football fans across Britain continue to tune in to Sky Sports to watch their favorite teams in action, as per the figures released by the broadcaster.
The viewing figures released by Sky show that the appetite for Premier League fixtures has undergone a massive 21 percent year-on-year increase.
So huge is the public’s interest in the top-tier of English football that if the Cricket World Cup final held in summer 2019 was a Premier League game, it won’t be among the top two most-watched matches of all-time.
But which of the games attracted the most eyeballs from across Britain? And what percentage of the British population sat in front of their TVs to watch that match live? We’ve got our hands on the list.The 2011/12 season was the one in which Manchester City left it very late to secure their first of many Premier League titles in over 40 years.
United started the game in poor fashion and found themselves looking at a 3-0 deficit with not much time to spare. The Red devils showed why they were the most dominant team in the Premier League era as they overturned the deficit and secured a vital point.
#4: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool 20 Oct, 2019 (3.28 million)
The Premier League game between the two giants of English football proved to be a lackluster affair but the build-up to the game still had millions glued to their TV screens.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were the favorites to take all three points that day but an early Manchester United goal, which was followed by a very late Adam Lallana strike, forced the runaway league leaders to go back to the Merseyside with a point in the bag.
#3: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City, 10 Nov, 2019 (3.35million)
In the title race for ages which saw Liverpool missing out on their first league title in almost 3 decades with the margin of a single point, this game gave the Reds premature hope of ending that long wait.
The home side started the game in their characteristic fashion as two goals within the first fifteen minutes and another one shortly after the interval allowed them to withstand a late barrage of City attacks and come up from the fixture with all three points.Given how far both these clubs have fallen in the last few years, it might be surprising for a new Premier League fan to know the acrimony and high-stakes their fixture attracted in the previous seasons.
A Thierry Henry brace following an early Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s goal piqued the enthusiasm of the Highbury crowd before Ryan Giggs scored a late header to end the match on level terms.
Manchester United were much the happier side with the result as they needed only a point in this fixture to have the title within their grasp, which they went on to win a few weeks later.
#1: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United, 30 Apr, 2012(4.04 million)
Just like the second most-watched Premier League game of all-time, United came into this fixture knowing that anything but a draw would help them seal another title.
Unlike their counterparts at Highbury, however, Manchester City didn’t let the pre-match build-up get to their head as a late Vincent Kompany strike paved the way towards their first league title in almost 40 years.
That header ultimately set up the most memorable climax in Premier League history – a 93rd minute Sergio Aguero strike on the final day of the Premier League season that broke the hearts of millions of Man United fans around the globe.