Viewing numbers for soccer games on US TV for week of Sept. 20-26, 2016

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The National Women’s Soccer League returned to the airwaves with the league’s third and final regular season match broadcast on Fox Sports 1 attracting 47,000 viewers, the lowest of the league’s three nationally televised matches. Major League Soccer on Fox Sports 1 did not fare much better either with Columbus Crew and DC United drawing only 97,000 viewers. Since August 1, only two of the seven MLS broadcasts on Fox Sports 1 have managed to break the 100,000 viewer mark.

Liga MX remained strong against College football competition, averaging 747,600 viewers across 6 match windows on Saturday and Sunday. Club América leads the way. Their first 10 matches of the Clasura have averaged 1.05 million viewers on the networks of Univision.

The Premier League on NBC continues to be America’s English-language league of choice, averaging just over 400,000 viewers per match window this weekend. Viewership peaked Saturday afternoon with 608,000 watching Arsenal’s dominant 3-0 victory against Chelsea on NBCSN. La Liga and the Bundesliga came nowhere close to challenging them, averaging only 138,000 and 55,000 viewers respectively.

Here are the TV viewing audiences:

Domestic numbers for the week:

Date Competition Start Time Home Away Network 1 Network 2 Total
9/23/16 MLS 8:00 PM New York City FC Chicago Fire UniMás; 158000 Univision Deportes; 84000 242,000
9/24/16 NASL 7:00 PM Jacksonville Armada Rayo OKC —; — beIN Español; 8000 8,000
9/25/16 MLS 4:00 PM Los Angeles Galaxy Seattle Sounders ESPN; 240000 ESPN Deportes; — 240,000
9/25/16 MLS 7:00 PM Columbus Crew New England Revolution Fox Sports 1; 97000 Fox Deportes; 16000 113,000
9/25/16 NWSL 9:30 PM Houston Dash Seattle Reign Fox Sports 1; 47000 —; — 47,000

Foreign numbers for the week:

Date Competition Start Time Team 1 Team 2 Network 1 Network 2 Total
9/20/16 Bundesliga 2:00 PM Wolfsburg Borussia Dortmund Fox Sports 1; 52000 —; — 52,000
9/20/16 Bundesliga 2:00 PM Ingolstadt Frankfurt Fox Soccer Plus; — Fox Deportes; 15000 15,000
9/20/16 Bundesliga 2:00 PM Freiburg Hamburg Fox Sports 2; 8000 —; — 8,000
9/20/16 La Liga 2:00 PM Malaga Eibar —; — beIN Español; 27000 27,000
9/20/16 EFL Cup 2:45 PM Leicester City Chelsea beIN SPORTS; 85000 —; — 85,000
9/20/16 La Liga 4:00 PM Sevilla Real Betis —; — beIN Español; 54000 54,000
9/20/16 Liga MX 8:00 PM Chivas Tigres UniMás; 684000 —; — 684,000
9/20/16 Liga MX 8:00 PM Cruz Azul Toluca —; — Univision Deportes; 258000 258,000
9/20/16 Liga MX 10:00 PM Necaxa Club América UniMás; 532000 Univision Deportes; 388000 920,000
9/21/16 Bundesliga 2:00 PM Bayern Munich Hertha Berlin Fox Sports 1; 52000 —; — 52,000
9/21/16 Bundesliga 2:00 PM Bayer Leverkusen Augsburg Fox Sports 2; 8000 Fox Deportes; 26000 34,000
9/21/16 La Liga 2:00 PM Real Madrid Villareal beIN SPORTS; 43000 beIN Español; 153000 196,000
9/21/16 La Liga 4:00 PM Barcelona Atletico Madrid beIN SPORTS; 112000 beIN Español; 153000 265,000
9/21/16 Liga MX 8:30 PM León Chiapas —; — Univision Deportes; 313000 313,000
9/21/16 Liga MX 10:00 PM Pumas Atlas FC UniMás; 286000 —; — 286,000
9/21/16 Liga MX 10:30 PM Monterrey Santos Laguna —; — Univision Deportes; 304000 304,000
9/22/16 La Liga 2:00 PM Osasuna Espanyol —; — beIN Español; 8000 8,000
9/22/16 La Liga 4:00 PM Valencia Alaves —; — beIN Español; 33000 33,000
9/23/16 Primeira Liga 2:00 PM FC Porto Boavista —; — Univision Deportes; 22000 22,000
9/23/16 Bundesliga 2:30 PM Borussia Dortmund Freiburg Fox Sports 2; 21000 GolTV; — 21,000
9/23/16 La Liga 2:45 PM Real Betis Malaga —; — beIN Español; 20000 20,000
9/23/16 Ligue 1 2:45 PM Toulouse Paris Saint Germain beIN SPORTS; 22000 —; — 22,000
9/23/16 Primeira Liga 4:00 PM Sporting CP Estoril —; — Univision Deportes; 19000 19,000
9/24/16 Premier League 7:30 AM Manchester United Leicester City NBCSN; 366000 NBC Universo; 40000 406,000
9/24/16 Bundesliga 9:30 AM Mainz Bayer Leverkusen Fox Soccer Plus; — Fox Deportes; 59000 59,000
9/24/16 Bundesliga 9:30 AM Hamburg Bayern Munich Fox Sports 2; 31000 —; — 31,000
9/24/16 Premier League 10:00 AM Swansea City Manchester City —; — NBC Universo; 78000 78,000
9/24/16 Premier League 10:00 AM Liverpool Hull City NBCSN; 433000 —; — 433,000
9/24/16 La Liga 10:15 AM Sporting Barcelona beIN SPORTS; 96000 beIN Español; 160000 256,000
9/24/16 Serie A 12:00 PM Palermo Juventus beIN SPORTS; 64000 —; — 64,000
9/24/16 Premier League 12:30 PM Arsenal Chelsea NBCSN; 608000 Telemundo; — 608,000
9/24/16 La Liga 12:30 PM Athletic Bilbao Sevilla —; — beIN Español; 106000 106,000
9/24/16 Bundesliga 12:30 PM Werder Bremen Wolfsburg Fox Sports 2; 11000 —; — 11,000
9/24/16 Primeira Liga 1:00 PM Chaves Benfica —; — Univision Deportes; 16000 16,000
9/24/16 La Liga 2:45 PM Las Palmas Real Madrid beIN SPORTS; 111000 beIN Español; 294000 405,000
9/24/16 Eredivisie 2:45 PM Excelsior PSV —; — Univision Deportes; 32000 32,000
9/24/16 Liga MX 6:00 PM Chiapas Necaxa —; — Univision Deportes; 248000 248,000
9/24/16 Liga MX 8:00 PM Tigres Cruz Azul Univision; 687000 Univision Deportes; 420000 1,107,000
9/24/16 Liga MX 8:06 PM Pachuca Querétaro —; — NBC Universo; 40000 40,000
9/24/16 Liga MX 10:00 PM Club América Pumas Univision; 904000 Univision Deportes; 554000 1,458,000
9/25/16 Serie A 9:00 AM Inter Milan Bologna beIN SPORTS; 27000 —; — 27,000
9/25/16 Bundesliga 9:30 AM Hoffenheim Schalke 04 Fox Sports 1; 61000 Fox Deportes; 28000 89,000
9/25/16 La LIga 10:15 AM Atletico Madrid Deportivo —; — beIN Español; 96000 96,000
9/25/16 Premier League 11:00 AM West Ham United Southampton NBCSN; 373000 Telemundo; — 373,000
9/25/16 Bundesliga 11:30 AM Köln RB Leipzig Fox Sports 2; 17000 Fox Deportes; 13000 30,000
9/25/16 La Liga 12:30 PM Villarreal Osasuna ; — beIN Español; 67000 67,000
9/25/16 Liga MX 1:00 PM Toluca León Univision; 388000 Univision Deportes; 176000 564,000
9/25/16 Serie A 2:45 PM Fiorentina AC Milan beIN SPORTS; 45000 beIN Español; 73000 118,000
9/25/16 Liga MX 7:00 PM Santos Laguna Tijuana —; — Univision Deportes; 321000 321,000
9/26/16 La Liga 2:45 PM Alaves Granada —; — beIN Español; 14000 14,000
9/26/16 Premier League 3:00 PM Burnley Watford NBCSN; 120000 —; — 120,000
9/26/16 Serie A 3:00 PM Caliari Sampdoria beIN SPORTS; 1000 —; — 1,000

Major League Soccer averages:

Overall ESPN ESPN2 ESPND FOX FS1 FOXD Univision UniMás UDN
290,740 309,375 201,500 46,000 658,000 162,304 34,750 827,000 165,792 69,304

Other league averages:

League Average
Liga MX 670,518
Premier League 429,394
UEFA CL 374,500
La Liga 127,977
Bundesliga 66,333
Primeira Liga 62,250
NWSL 61,000
Serie A 37,385
Eredivisie 27,000
Championship 16,667
Ligue 1 13,250
NASL 7,444

HT: SportsTVRatings.

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  1. Juan Ruiz October 3, 2016
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