Most-watched live soccer games on US TV for weekend of March 4-6

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The viewing figures for last weekend’s soccer games on TV were more varied than usual given the return of MLS.

Plus there was the last minute switch by FOX Sports to move the biggest Bundesliga game of the season, between Dortmund and Bayern Munich, from FOX Soccer Plus to FX.

So how did all of the games do on US television? Let’s find out.

Pos. Teams No. of viewers TV Network Game time (ET) Date
           
1 Club America vs. Monarcas 1,385,000 Univision/UDN 6-8pm Sat., 3/5
2 WBA vs. Man United 601,000 NBCSN 11am-1pm Sun., 3/6
3 Monterrey vs. Tigres 505,000 Univision Deportes 8-10pm Sat., 3/5
4 Spurs vs. Arsenal 475,000 NBCSN 7:45-9:45am Sat., 3/5
5 LA Galaxy vs. DC United 468,000 Univision Deportes/UniMas 10am-Midnight Sun., 3/6
6 Eibar vs. Barcelona 446,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 10am-Noon Sun., 3/6
7 Watford vs. Leicester 438,000 NBCSN 12:30-2:30pm Sat., 3/5
8 Man City vs. West Ham 379,000 NBCSN 10am-Noon Sat., 3/5
9 Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool 374,000 NBCSN 8:30-10:30am Sun., 3/6
10 Portland vs. Columbus 362,000 ESPN 5:30-7:30pm Sun., 3/6
11 Puebla vs. Veracruz 318,000 Univision Deportes 6-8pm Sun., 3/6
12 Jaguares vs. Toluca 292,000 Univision Deportes 10pm-midnight Sat., 3/5
13 Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo 280,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 10am-Noon Sat., 3/5
14 Seattle vs. Sporting KC 267,000 FS1 7:15-9:15pm Sun., 3/6
15 UNAM vs. Cruz Azul 256,000 Univision Deportes 1pm-3pm Sun., 3/6
16 Everton vs. West Ham 214,000 USA 10am-Noon Sat., 3/5
17 Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid 201,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 2:30-4:30pm Sun., 3/6
18 Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich 192,000 FX 12:30-2:30pm Sat., 3/5
19 Pachuca vs. Dorados 93,000 NBC Universo 9pm-11pm Sat., 3/5
20 Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo 85,000 beIN SPORTS 10am-Noon Sat., 3/5
21 Villarreal vs. Las Palmas 83,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 12-2pm Sat., 3/5
22 Getafe vs. Sevilla 65,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 2:30-4:30pm Sat., 3/5
23 Deportivo vs. Malaga 62,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 4:30-6:30pm Sat., 3/5
24 Augsburg vs. Leverkusen 61,000 FOX Sports 1 9:30-11:30am Sat., 3/5
25 Sporting vs. Benfica 58,000 Univision Deportes 3:30-5:30pm Sat., 3/5
26 Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin 57,000 FOX Sports 1 11:30am-1:30pm Sun., 3/6
27 Augsburg vs. Leverkusen 56,000 FOX Deportes 9:30-11:30am Sat., 3/5
28 Spurs vs. Arsenal 44,000 NBC Universo 7:45-9:45am Sat., 3/5
29 Inter vs. Palermo 35,000 beIN SPORTS 2:45-4:45pm Sun., 3/6
30 Mainz vs. Darmstadt 35,000 FOX Sports 1 9:30-11:30am Sun., 3/6
31 Man City vs. Aston Villa 32,000 NBC Universo 10am-Noon Sat., 3/5
32 Napoli vs. Chievo 29,000 beIN SPORTS 2:45-4:45pm Sat., 3/5
33 Seattle vs. Sporting KC 24,000 FOX Deportes 7:15-9:15pm Sun., 3/6
34 Watford vs. Leicester 22,000 NBC Universo 12:30-2:30pm Sat., 3/5
35 Roma vs. Fiorentina 21,000 beIN SPORTS 2:45-4:45pm Fri., 3/4
36 Roma vs. Fiorentina 19,000 beIN SPORTS en Español 2:45-4:45pm Fri., 3/4
37 Mainz vs. Darmstadt 17,000 FOX Deportes 9:30-11:30am Sun., 3/6
38 Wolfsburg vs. Monchengladbach 13,000 FOX Sports 2 9:30-11:30am Sat., 3/5
39 Willem II vs. Ajax 12,000 Univision Deportes 8:30-10:30am Sun., 3/6
40 Burnley vs. Blackburn 5,000 beIN SPORTS 7:30-9:30am Sat., 3/5

Not surprisingly, the Dortmund-Bayern game on FX failed to crack 200,000 viewers despite the channel being in more than 92 million homes across the United States. FOX announced the change on Friday, which is the worst day of the week to announce any news. While the ultimate decision was the correct one, FOX missed a golden opportunity to bring the Bundesliga to a wider audience. Next time, hopefully FOX will get its act together sooner for a game of this importance.

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