Posted: Thursday January 26, 2012 4:57PM ; Updated: Thursday January 26, 2012 4:57PM

First EPL broadcast on over-the-air U.S. network draws 1.3m

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The first live telecast of an English Premier League game on a U.S. over-the-air network was seen by 1.3 million viewers last weekend, more than double the high for previous broadcasts on cable television.

Fox says Thursday that Manchester United's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday received a 0.8 rating and 2 share.

The 11 a.m. EST telecast drew a lower rating than three delayed broadcasts on Fox earlier this season, which averaged a 1.1. Those matches were aired before or after NFL games, depending on the market.

ESPN's high of 528,000 viewers was set in December 2010 for the Manchester United-Arsenal game; Fox Soccer's high of 418,000 was for last February's Chelsea-Liverpool match.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a broadcast, and the share is there percentage watching among the households with TVs on at the time.

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