Manchester United's 4-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday is now officially the most watched Premier League game in American TV history.
The audience for the game peaked at 1.3 million, with an average of 1.1 million Americans tuning in to see the Red Devils claim a vital win over their rivals.
Sergio Aguero put the visitors ahead but Manchester United fought back through goals from Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini, before Juan Mata and Chris Smalling sealed the deal. Aguero landed a consolation strike for his team late on.
The viewing figures are more than 100,000 more than the next most popular game in US TV history, which was also a Manchester derby from back in 2012.
Chelsea's game against Manchester United in 2014 was third, followed by Liverpool v Manchester United from this season. Chelsea against Arsenal from last year rounds off the top five.
The new record highlights the growth of the game across the Atlantic, with NBC regularly showing live games and attracting large audiences despite the time difference.
It is no surprise then to see Manchester United trying to capitalise on their popularity across the pond by announcing that they will be taking part in the International Champions Cup, 65 years after their first visit to the country.
Manchester United group managing director, Richard Arnold, said: “The club is delighted to be returning to the United States for Tour 2015, presented by Aon. Manchester United made history in its last visit to the United States by breaking the country’s soccer attendance record and the huge level of support for the club was evident in every city we visited.
“This summer’s tour is the latest in a long line of visits to the US; a tradition that began some 65 years ago under the guidance of the great Sir Matt Busby. This tour will not only provide the team with first-rate preparation for the season ahead, it will also allow many of United’s eight million US followers to get closer to the club they love.”
Fans will likely be somewhat snobbish about Americans finally showing an interest in the Beautiful Game after all these years.
The US is the last real untapped market for football and for a long time it looked as though it would struggle to find room alongside the NBA and the NFL. However the quality of MLS is on the rise and USA caused quite a stir at the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.
Football is the people's game and so fans from across the pond must be welcomed to join in the party.
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