Manchester United and Man City WSL derby attracts record TV audience on BBC One

By Alex Young

The Women's Super League derby between Manchester United and Manchester City on Saturday attracted a record peak audience of 1.1million viewers on BBC One.

The much-anticipated WSL clash, held in front of 3,797 people at Leigh Sports Village, also saw 114,000 live online streams on BBC Sport.

A thrilling derby saw four goals and one red card as City's Georgia Stanway was sent off before Khadija Shaw put the visitors ahead.

Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo put United ahead with two goals in three minutes. However, substitute Ellen White had the last laugh to share the spoils in the derby.

The viewing figures far surpass the 800,000 who tuned into BBC One for Manchester City thumping Everton 4-0 on the opening day of the season, which was the first domestic women's league game ever broadcast on network TV in the UK.

That Goodison Park encounter was the first domestic women's league game to be broadcast on network TV in the UK, watched by 800,000 - more than twice the previous record.


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