Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017

Liga MX had two matches surpass 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017 as 1.077 million watched Tigres and Morelia play to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Following that, Club América defeated Cruz Azul 2-0 in front of 1.675 million viewers, the third largest audience for a Liga MX match this season and the sixth to average more than 1.5 million.

Univision has now seen at least two matches per weekend average greater than 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017, through eight rounds of play.

The EFL Cup final on beIN SPORTS, contested by Southampton and Manchester United, was watched by 226,000 viewers on Sunday, an 18% drop in viewership from last season when Manchester City lifted the trophy. The number was also lower than all NBCSN’s Premier League matches. Over on beIN SPORTS en Español, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona kicked off an hour prior to the EFL Cup final. That match averaged 519,000 viewers.

UEFA Champions League first leg games averaged 457,000 viewers per day on FOX Sports Networks. Viewership peaked on February 14 as 557,000 watched Barcelona’s shock 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. In the Europa League, only Manchester United’s matches against Saint-Étienne managed to draw audiences larger than 100,000 viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017:

Rank Home Away Competition Date TV1 TV2 Total
1 América Cruz Azul Liga MX 2/25/17 Univision; 1012000 UDN; 663000 1,675,000
2 Tigres Morelia Liga MX 2/25/17 Univision; 633000 UDN; 444000 1,077,000
3 Villarreal Real Madrid La Liga 2/26/17 beIN; 151000 beIE; 461000 612,000
4 Toluca Puebla Liga MX 2/26/17 Univision; 433000 UDN; 162000 595,000
5 Atlético Madrid Barcelona La Liga 2/26/17 —; — beIE; 519000 519,000
6 Chiapas Chivas Liga MX 2/26/17 —; — UDN; 491000 491,000
7 Chelsea Swansea City Premier League 2/25/17 NBCSN; 422000 Unvso; 52000 474,000
8 Man City Monaco UEFA Champions League 2/21/17 FS1; 262000 FOXD; 111000 373,000
9 Spurs Stoke Premier League 2/26/17 NBCSN; 354000 —; — 354,000
10 Querétaro Pumas Liga MX 2/25/17 —; — UDN; 305000 305,000
11 Tigres Pumas CONCACAF CL 2/22/17 —; — UDN; 274000 274,000
12 Southampton Man Utd EFL Cup 2/26/17 beIN; 226000 —; — 226,000
13 Porto Juventus UEFA Champions League 2/22/17 FS2; 66000 FOXD; 129000 195,000
14 Sevilla Leicester City UEFA Champions League 2/22/17 FS1; 191000 —; — 191,000
15 Saprissa Pachuca CONCACAF CL 2/21/17 —; — UDN; 160000 160,000
16 Valencia Real Madrid La Liga 2/22/17 beIN; 44000 beIE; 108000 152,000
17 Mexico Honduras NA U20 Champ 2/23/17 —; — UDN; 144000 144,000
18 Saint-Étienne Man Utd UEFA Europa League 2/22/17 FS1; 124000 —; — 124,000
19 Leverkusen Mainz Bundesliga 2/25/17 —; — FOXD; 109000 109,000
20 FC Dallas Arabe Unido CONCACAF CL 2/23/17 —; — UDN; 93000 93,000
21 NY Red Bulls Whitecaps CONCACAF CL 2/22/17 —; — UDN; 87000 87,000
23 Leganés Deportivo La Liga 2/25/17 —; — beIE; 67000 67,000
22 Middlesbrough Crystal Palace Premier League 2/25/17 CNBC; 67000 —; — 67,000
24 Mexico Trinidad NA Beach Soccer 2/24/17 —; — UDN; 65000 65,000
25 Betis Sevilla La Liga 2/25/17 —; — beIE; 65000 65,000
26 USA St. Kitts and Nevis NA U20 Champ 2/24/17 —; — UDN; 61000 61,000
27 USA Haiti NA U20 Champ 2/21/17 —; — UDN; 58000 58,000
28 Spurs Gent UEFA Europa League 2/23/17 FS2; 58000 —; — 58,000
29 Pachuca Veracruz Liga MX 2/25/17 —; — Unvso; 54000 54,000
30 Leverkusen Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League 2/21/17 FS2; 49000 —; — 49,000
31 Schalke Hoffenheim Bundesliga 2/26/17 FS2; 48000 —; — 48,000
32 Eibar Málaga La Liga 2/25/17 —; — beIE; 45000 45,000
33 Ingolstadt Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 2/26/17 FS2; 29000 FOXD; 14000 43,000
34 Las Palmas Real Sociedad La Liga 2/24/17 beIN; 12000 beIE; 27000 39,000
35 Bayern Hamburg Bundesliga 2/25/17 FS2; 35000 —; — 35,000
36 Wolfsburg Bremen Bundesliga 2/24/17 FS2; 29000 —; — 29,000
37 Mexico Barbados NA Beach Soccer 2/23/17 —; — UDN; 28000 28,000
38 Juventus Empoli Serie A 2/25/17 beIN; 25000 —; — 25,000
39 Panama El Salvador NA Beach Soccer 2/22/17 —; — UDN; 23000 23,000
40 APOEL Bilbao UEFA Europa League 2/23/17 FS2; 21000 —; — 21,000
41 Sassuolo Milan Serie A 2/26/17 beIN; 17000 —; — 17,000
43 Panama Haiti NA U20 Champ 2/24/17 —; — UDN; 15000 15,000
42 Osmanlıspor Olympiakos UEFA Europa League 2/23/17 FS2; 15000 —; — 15,000
44 Antigua and Barbuda USA NA Beach Soccer 2/22/17 —; — UDN; 13000 13,000
45 El Salvador Turks and Caicos NA Beach Soccer 2/21/17 —; — UDN; 12000 12,000
46 Schalke PAOK UEFA Europa League 2/22/17 FS2; 9000 —; — 9,000
47 Hertha Berlin Frankfurt Bundesliga 2/25/17 FS2; 7000 —; — 7,000
48 Costa Rica Panama NA Beach Soccer 2/21/17 —; — UDN; 5000 5,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 799,214
Premier League 467,947
MLS 292,365
La Liga 149,854
NWSL 88,500
Bundesliga 76,320
Primeira Liga 36,935
Serie A 25,923
Championship 16,028
Ligue 1 16,000
NASL 7,000

SEE MORE: Access our archives of US TV ratings for soccer.

HT SportsTVRatings

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