The Football Association have today confirmed that close to 1.5 million fans watched live televised matches from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s opening weekend.
Three games were selected for live television coverage on a weekend which saw the start of brand new coverage on Sky Sports and on the BBC’s mainstream channels.
The three selected games were Marc Skinner’s opening game of his Manchester United tenure against Reading, Everton’s fixture against Manchester City at Goodison Park and the blockbuster clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates Stadium.
FAWSL Full-Time have today been provided with the official viewing figures for those games by The Football Association and it has been confirmed that the three matches were watched by a combined audience of 1,477,000. The fixture between Everton and Manchester City was the most watched game with 800,000 viewers tuning in on BBC One while 366,000 watched Manchester United’s game with Reading, the first Barclays FA Women’s Super League match to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Sky Sports was watched by 311,000.
In addition to those live match viewing fixtures, it has today also been confirmed that over a million viewers tuned into the first Women’s Football Show of the season on BBC One.
The Football Association announced the ground-breaking broadcast deal with Sky Sports and the BBC back in March. Sky Sports have acquired the rights to show up to 44 live matches from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, including 35 games on their major football channels. The BBC have rights to 22 live games with 18 being shown on their mainstream channels.