Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 28-March 6, 2017

MLS Soccer Sunday made its return to ESPN and FS1 last week with both seeing big improvements over the first Soccer Sunday of 2016. Viewership on ESPN was up nearly 14% for Orlando-NYCFC when compared to last season’s Portland-Columbus rematch. FS1’s decision to air Atlanta’s opening match against the New York Red Bulls in primetime proved fruitful as the network saw viewership rise 40% from 267,000 in 2016 to 375,000 in 2017.

Over on NBCSN, Saturday’s Arsenal-Liverpool clash provided the network with its largest viewership numbers since January 15 as 614,000 tuned in. The match also provided a season high for Spanish-language network NBC Universo, as 101,000 people tuned in. The next highest viewership for a match on NBC Universo this season was 78,000 for Swansea-Manchester City, exclusive to the network in September of 2016.

England’s historic 1-0 victory over the United States Women’s National Team provided the largest English-language soccer viewership for the week as 728,000 watched the USWNT suffered their first home defeat in 23 games.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 28-March 6, 2017:

Rank Teams Competition Date TV1 TV2 Total
1 León / América Liga MX 3/4/17 Univision; 906000 UDN; 650000 1,556,000
2 Chivas / Toluca Liga MX 3/4/17 Univision; 822000 UDN; 626000 1,448,000
3 USA / England SheBelieves Cup 3/4/17 FOX; 728000 —; — 728,000
4 Liverpool / Arsenal Premier League 3/4/17 NBCSN; 614000 Unvso; 101000 715,000
5 Pumas / Santos Liga MX 3/5/17 Univision; 541000 UDN; 162000 703,000
6 Los Angeles / Dallas MLS 3/4/17 Univision; 395000 UDN; 114000 509,000
7 Barcelona / Celta Vigo La Liga 3/4/17 beIN; 132000 beIE; 351000 483,000
8 Leicester City / Hull City Premier League 3/4/17 NBCSN; 438000 Unvso; 29000 467,000
9 Cruz Azul / Chiapas Liga MX 3/4/17 —; — UDN; 442000 442,000
10 Atlanta / NYRB MLS 3/5/17 FS1; 375000 FOXD; 66000 441,000
11 Sunderland / Man City Premier League 3/5/17 NBCSN; 412000 —; — 412,000
12 Orlando / NYCFC MLS 3/5/17 ESPN; 411000 ESPND; — 411,000
13 Spurs / Everton Premier League 3/5/17 NBCSN; 363000 Unvso; 29000 392,000
14 Man Utd / Bournemouth Premier League 3/4/17 NBCSN; 329000 Unvso; 62000 391,000
15 América / Santos Copa MX 3/1/17 —; — UDN; 373000 373,000
16 Real Madrid / Las Palmas La Liga 3/1/17 beIN; 83000 beIE; 249000 332,000
17 USA / Germany SheBelieves Cup 3/1/17 FS1; 310000 —; — 310,000
18 Eibar / Real Madrid La Liga 3/4/17 beIN; 77000 beIE; 195000 272,000
19 West Ham / Chelsea Premier League 3/6/17 NBCSN; 216000 Unvso; 38000 254,000
20 Portland / Minnesota MLS 3/3/17 FS1; 212000 FOXD; 35000 247,000
21 Barcelona / Gijón La Liga 3/1/17 beIN; 72000 beIE; 166000 238,000
22 Pachuca / Saprissa CONCACAF CL 2/28/17 —; — UDN; 195000 195,000
23 Pumas / Tigres CONCACAF CL 3/1/17 —; — Gala; 188000 188,000
24 Puebla / Tigres Liga MX 3/5/17 —; — UDN; 177000 177,000
25 Villarreal / Espanyol La Liga 3/4/17 —; — beIE; 167000 167,000
26 USA / Honduras CNCAF U20 Champ. 3/5/17 —; — UDN; 161000 161,000
27 Man City / Huddersfield FA Cup 3/1/17 FS1; 113000 FOXD; 14000 127,000
28 Atlético Madrid / Valencia La Liga 3/5/17 —; — beIE; 127000 127,000
29 Panama / Costa Rica CNCAF U20 Champ. 3/3/17 —; — UDN; 120000 120,000
30 Dortmund / Leverkusen Bundesliga 3/4/17 FS2; 51000 FOXD; 66000 117,000
31 Mexico / El Salvador CNCAF U20 Champ. 3/1/17 —; — UDN; 98000 98,000
32 Deportivo / Atlético Madid La Liga 3/2/17 beIN; 26000 —; 63000 89,000
33 Monterrey / Juárez Copa MX 2/28/17 —; — Gala; 86000 86,000
34 Vancouver / NYRB CONCACAF CL 3/2/17 —; — UDN; 76000 76,000
35 Las Palmas / Osasuna La Liga 3/5/17 —; — beIE; 74000 74,000
36 Monterrey / Querétaro Liga MX 3/4/17 —; — Gala; 70000 70,000
37 Betis / Sociedad La Liga 3/3/17 —; — beIE; 66000 66,000
38 USA / El Salvador CNCAF U20 Champ. 3/3/17 —; — UDN; 63000 63,000
39 Querétaro / Oaxaca Copa MX 2/28/17 —; — UDN; 62000 62,000
40 Frankfurt / Freiburg Bundesliga 3/5/17 FS1; 57000 —; — 57,000
41 Athletic / Málaga La Liga 3/5/17 —; — beIE; 57000 57,000
42 Alavés / Sevilla La Liga 3/6/17 beIN; 10000 beIE; 41000 51,000
43 Sociedad / Eibar La Liga 2/28/17 —; — beIE; 35000 35,000
44 Moncao / Nantes Ligue 1 3/5/17 beIN; 30000 —; — 30,000
45 Udinese / Juventus Serie A 3/5/17 beIN; 30000 —; — 30,000
46 West Brom / Crystal Palace Premier League 3/4/17 CNBC; 25000 —; — 25,000
47 Málaga / Betis La Liga 2/28/17 —; — beIE; 24000 24,000
48 Mönchengladbach / Schalke Bundesliga 3/4/17 —; — FOXD; 22000 22,000
49 Brighton / Newcastle EFL Championship 2/28/17 beIN; 21000 —; — 21,000
50 Hamburg / Hertha Bundesliga 3/5/17 —; — FOXD; 21000 21,000
51 Augsburg / Leipzig Bundesliga 3/3/17 FS2; 17000 GolTV; — 17,000
52 Birmingham / Leeds EFL Championship 3/3/17 beIN; 5000 —; — 5,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 807,702
Premier League 466,718
UEFA CL 416,056
MLS 402,000
La Liga 150,192
NWSL 88,500
Bundesliga 74,873
Primeira Liga 36,935
Serie A 25,896
Ligue 1 16,636
Championship 15,868
NASL 7,000

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

HT SportsTVRatings

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