Southampton vs Manchester City, which was played at the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday, has broken the TV viewing record by becoming the most-watched Premier League game on free-to-air TV.
Southampton’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on the BBC on Sunday became the Premier League’s most-watched televised match, with an audience of 5.7 million.
The peak audience across all platforms saw the Saints record a surprise victory over last season’s champions thanks to Che Adams’ superb strike.
Steve Rudge, BBC lead executive, football, said: “Having the Premier League has been great for our viewers.
“We were delighted to deliver this game to the widest free-to-air audience.”
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a radical shift in the fixture calendar as the teams desperately try to complete the 2019-20 campaign before the end of the month following three months of lockdown that led to a pause in the season back in March.
This record is BBC’s follow-up to its record-setting FA Cup match that saw Manchester United beat Norwich City. Last week, BBC recorded an impressive 6.4 million viewers for United’s FA Cup game, making it the most watched football game since the sport returned from coronavirus shutdown.
For all those people who tuned in for Southampton vs Manchester City, there was a surprise as the Saints inflicted a 1-0 defeated on the former champions.
Che Adams’s spectacular first Southampton goal was enough for them as they stopped Pep Guardiola’s men from finding the back of the net to condemn them to their third straight away loss.
The loss also got Guardiola an unwanted personal record as this is the first time in his glittering career that his team has lost three straight away games.
In total, City have now suffered nine losses in the season in the league alone.