Final Four Featuring Liverpool-Barcelona and Ajax-Tottenham Becomes Most-Watched UEFA Champions League Semis in U.S. Television History, Regardless of Language
Barcelona vs. Liverpool Rivalry Delivers Top Two All-Time Performances for Semifinal Round Among Total Viewers 2+, Regardless of Language
MIAMI – MAY 15, 2019 – Univision Deportes continues to show why it’s the undisputed Home of Soccer in the U.S. with record-breaking telecasts of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) semifinal round. The four matches, simulcast on Univision Network and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), delivered an average of 705,000 Total Viewers 2+, attracting the largest audience ever for a UCL semifinal round, regardless of television network or language. The performance marked the first time Spanish-language telecasts of the semifinals out-performed the English-language telecasts among Total Viewers 2+ (+18%) since 2013.
The semis were highlighted by the thrilling FC Barcelona-Liverpool FC matchup, which delivered the top two most-watched UCL semifinal contests of all-time in Total Viewers 2+. Airing Tuesday, May 7, the second and decisive leg was the most-watched UCL semifinal contest in U.S. television history – on any network and in any language – averaging 797,000 Total Viewers 2+ on Univision and UDN. The delivery bested TNT’s broadcast of the match by +12% among Total Viewers 2+. Meanwhile, Liverpool-Barcelona’s semifinal match on Wednesday, May 1 averaged 789,000 Total Viewers 2+ on Univision and UDN, +16% over TNT’s telecast.
Date Matchup Total Viewers 2+ Adults 18-49
4/30 Tottenham vs AFC Ajax 612,000 331,000
5/1 Barcelona vs Liverpool 789,000 377,000
5/7 Liverpool vs Barcelona 797,000 394,000
5/8 AFC Ajax vs Tottenham 626,000 289,000
Tottenham and Liverpool will face off on June 1 in the UEFA Champions League final.
Source: Nielsen, NPM, NPMH, L+SD data
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