Sky Sports registers record Premier League viewing figures

Sky Sports coverage attracting more fans than ever before

David Baker
by David Baker on 2nd May, 2014

More fans have tuned into Sky Sports to watch Premier League football this season than ever before, setting new records for viewing across TV and mobile platforms.

The Sky Sports coverage has seen a 7% increase in viewers in Ireland and the rest of the UK in 2013/14 compared to last year.

116 live fixtures are being shown this season, spread across Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.

According to analysis from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board, 49 of the 50 most watched Premier League games this season have been on Sky Sports.

With only a couple of games left for each team to play, three sides are still in with a shout of winning the title, and Sky Sports is the only place to see it.

Title-chasing Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in action this weekend, while City’s game-in-hand on their title rivals against Aston Villa will also be screened live next Wednesday.

A further three Premier League games will be shown exclusively live on the final day of the season, with Sky TV customers able to see every twist in an intriguing title race.

The figures come ahead of another busy year for Sky Sports, with Sky Sports viewers set to enjoy exclusive coverage of the PRO 12 rugby tournament, Ireland’s Autumn Internationals, Euro 2016 qualifiers and the Ryder Cup, with Europe’s team captained by Paul McGinley this year.

“This is our biggest and best Premier League season and viewers are responding in record numbers,” said Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director.

“We’re delighted that the thrilling Premier League title race will go all the way on Sky Sports and that our customers will see the title deciders exclusively live. Then we launch into a great summer of live sport and we have more exciting plans as we look forward to the next football season too.”

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher joined the Sky line-up for this season, while innovative new approaches to analysis were also incorporated.

Sky Sports also includes a number of other leagues among its unrivalled coverage, including the SkyBet Football League, the UEFA Champions League, La Liga and the Scottish Professional Football League.

Even more live football will be available for Sky customers next season, as UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers will be added to the schedule from September.

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