Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday drew the largest audience ever for an event exclusive to Sky Sports.
In the Premier League clash between two of this season’s title contenders, an average of 4.5 million viewers watched the game, hitting a high of 4.8 meters in the last five minutes.
That number surpassed 4,049m in April 2012 for Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Manchester United, bringing Roberto Mancini’s side one step closer to a Premier League first crown.
The stalemate between Jürgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men is this time the second most popular Premier League game of all time, measured against the 4.94 million viewers who saw the Merseyside derby in June and also broadcast it on Sky One and for free be -to-air on Pick TV.
The draw ensured United stayed in the lead with two points and the game’s average audience was higher than the audience reached for live Premier League matches on terrestrial television for the past two seasons.
The game ranks second after Game of Thrones as the best-rated program of all time on Sky Pay channels.
In addition, the latest renewal of a historic rivalry hit 25 percent of total television viewers, with 41 percent of Sky customers watching television at the time.
Confirmed Premier League matches live on Sky Sports
Thursday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.
Start at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 30th, 5:00 p.m.
Start at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, January 18th: Arsenal against Newcastle – kick-off at 8 p.m.
Tuesday January 19th: Leicester v Chelsea – kick off at 8.15 p.m.
Thursday January 21: Liverpool versus Burnley – kick off 8 p.m.
Sa 23 January: Aston Villa v Newcastle – kick off 8 p.m.
Sat January 30th: Arsenal vs Man Utd kick off at 5:30 p.m.
Sun January 31: Leicester v Leeds – kick off 2 p.m.
Sun January 31: West Ham versus Liverpool – kick-off at 4.30 p.m.
Postponed from Wednesday 20th January: Leeds v Southampton
Free match highlights on Sky Sports Digital
It couldn’t be easier: shortly after each game is full-time, free game highlights of all Premier League games will be available on the Sky Sports website, in the app and on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.
In addition, Sky subscribers can enjoy clips of Sky Sports in-game games on our digital game blogs.
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Neville: Who’s going to have this consistent run?
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Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on the latest Gary Neville Podcast:
“The title race swings back and forth. The city is dangerous and up-and-coming and looks like it’s in good shape.
“Are Liverpool reaching their own standards? No.
“City just looks like they are reaching a level where if they keep it they could cause damage in this league. They are in a really good moment where the confidence is good. But like most Teams this season it was short. It took four or five weeks and then the teams did that jump.
“Who’s going to have that constant run? I’ve been telling Liverpool all season but I’d transfer it to Man City now to see how they play. Liverpool won’t get Van Dijk back quickly and then.” You can’t put Fabinho in midfield.
“We have a fascinating league, the most fascinating league that it looks like you can switch from one week to the next.
“In addition to hiking and cycling, the Premier League offers one of the few breaks in the country and of course other types of football. It offers so much entertainment at home.”