Peak TV audience of 3.9 m tune in for the BBC is the first premier League match

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The BBC is the first Premier League game attracted a peak TV audience of 3.9 million viewers on Saturday.

BBC One’s broadcast of Bournemouth’s defeat against Crystal Palace was the first top-flight match of the Beeb showed live since 1988.

A record TV audience was expected to tune in to watch the action of the Vitality of the Stage, but the figure fell just sort of 4.04 million who watched the derby of Manchester in 2012.

The BBC is the first Premier League game attracted a peak TV audience of 3.9 million viewers

The objectives of Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew have helped Roy Hodgson, the Palace side to a 2-0 victory

The objectives of Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew have helped Roy Hodgson, the Palace side to a 2-0 victory

The audience of 3.9 m was 24.5% of the shares of the Saturday night TELEVISION audience, and the game brought in an average viewership of 3.6 metres.

It is thought that these figures do not yet include the BBC’s iPlayer service so that it could still increase.

The return of Premier League football has also ensured Match of the Day was back in its traditional Saturday night BBC One slot. The highlights show pulled in a peak TV audience of 2.7 m.

The objectives of Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew have helped Roy Hodgson, the Palace side move into the top half of the table, while another defeat worsened Bournemouth’s chances of staying in the Premier League.

In the framework of the Government of the united KINGDOM request of a third of the remaining top-flight games to be shown free-to-air, the BBC will broadcast three other games.

Alex Scott photo in full action, during his punditry work on Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Alex Scott photo in full action, during his punditry work on Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Nearly 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Raheem Sterling and Co to beat Arsenal to the Sky

They include Norwich against Everton on Wednesday, Manchester City’s visit to Southampton on July 5, and another, still undecided, game.

It comes after Manchester City’s comfortable victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night has been the most-watched Premier League fixture in nearly three-and-a-half.

With football fans starved of top-flight action for more than three months because of the sars coronavirus stop, viewers tuned in large numbers to see Pep Guardiola’s men tooth, the Gunners hopes of a top-four finish.

In total, 2.6 million people have watched Sky Sports coverage as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden struck against the visitors, who had replaced David Luiz sent during the second half.

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace clearly exceeded this number, but was still just short of the 2012 Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Vincent Kompany scored the winner on the night, and this has helped the City says their first Premier League title.

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