English football losing its grip on remote controls

Average viewership per game halfway through the English Premier League season is down by 11 per cent on the past year, prompting flutters at Sky and BT Sport

22nd January, 2017
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Antonio Conte, manager of Chelsea: his team is the only one of the major Premier League clubs whose television viewership has risen this season Picture: Getty

Halfway through the season, Antonio Conte, the excitable but tactically savvy manager of Chelsea, is well ahead of his rivals in England’s Premier League. The Italian also stands out in another way: his team is the only one of the major clubs whose television viewership has risen this season (albeit only very slightly).

The live TV audience for most of the top six teams is falling halfway into the season, with only Chelsea...

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