League of Legends eSport events get higher ratings than Mad Men

3 Posted by - January 21, 2013 - eSports, News

GameSpot reports that the League of Legends Season 2 World Championships drew in some astounding viewership numbers … enough to handily beat some of the most popular shows on television.

League developer reports that viewership peaked at over 1,154,000 concurrent spectators. But more than 8,282,000 unique users total tuned in to watch the events live, either on television or through the internet.

While that’s not quite enough to dislodge Two and a Half Men — or any other show in the Nielson Top 10 for broadcast network series — it’s about on par with How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family, and it completely blows The Simpsons out of the water. Glee? The Office? Bones? Law & Order: SVU? Anything on the CW? No contest.

And League of Legends wiped the floor with the top Emmy-winning series on the air.

Mad Men’s fifth season, the most-watched in the series history, averaged a mere 2.6 million total viewers. Breaking Bad’s fifth season premiere, also a record-breaker for that show, topped out at 2.9 million viewers.

Riot and League of Legends translate their massive eSports viewership into continued engagement with the game and the community. And with numbers like these, it’s hard to argue against their league broadcasts taking a place at the big table of popular entertainment.

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