Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017

The World Cup qualifiers involving Mexico and the United States unsurprisingly topped the ratings charts for FIFA’s March international window. All four matches involving those nations averaged more than 1.6 million viewers, with each peaking on Friday, March 24. The United States’ 6-0 dismantling of Honduras provided FS1 with its largest soccer audience of 2017 while Mexico’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica topped the February 18 Mexican Super Clásico to become the most-watched soccer match so far this year. 


In the domestic leagues, the 0-0 draw between the New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake drew 146,000 viewers on UniMás Saturday. Just a few hours later, beIN SPORTS kicked off their coverage of the 2017 North American Soccer League Spring season to a disappointing 2,000 viewers for their broadcast featuring Puerto Rico FC and the New York Cosmos. The 2016 NASL Spring season opener on beIN SPORTS last year between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami FC drew 21,000 viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 3/24/17 CONCACAF WCQ Mexico / Costa Rica FS2; 70000 Univision; 3118000 3,188,000
2 3/24/17 CONCACAF WCQ USMNT / Honduras FS1; 579000 Univision; 1621000 2,200,000
3 3/28/17 CONCACAF WCQ Trinidad / Mexico beIN; 86000 Telemundo; 1750000 1,836,000
4 3/28/17 CONCACAF WCQ Panama / United States beIN; 281000 Telemundo; 1410000 1,691,000
5 3/23/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Argentina / Chile —; — beIE; 597000 597,000
6 3/28/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Brazil / Paraguay —; — beIE; 449000 449,000
7 3/26/17 UEFA WCQ England / Lithuania FS2; 146000 UniMás/UDN; 222000 368,000
8 3/28/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Chile / Venezuela —; — beIE; 270000 270,000
9 3/28/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Bolivia / Argentina —; — beIE; 258000 258,000
10 3/23/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Colombia / Bolivia beIN; 37000 beIE; 206000 243,000
11 3/24/17 CONCACAF WCQ Trinidad / Panama beIN; 147000 Unvso; 53000 200,000
12 3/25/17 UEFA WCQ Portugal / Hungary FS2; 77000 FOXD; 120000 197,000
13 3/26/17 UEFA WCQ Azerbaijan / Germany ESPN2; 194000 —; — 194,000
14 3/28/17 CONCACAF WCQ Honduras / Costa Rica —; — Unvso; 175000 175,000
15 3/28/17 Int’l Friendly France / Spain ESPN2; 155000 —; — 155,000
16 3/25/17 MLS New York Red Bulls / Real Salt Lake UniMás; 146000 —; — 146,000
17 3/23/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Uruguay / Brazil beIN; 137000 —; — 137,000
18 3/26/17 Friendly América / Morelia —; — UDN; 133000 133,000
19 3/28/17 CONMEBOL WCQ Ecuador / Colombia beIN; 128000 —; — 128,000
20 3/25/17 Friendly Cruz Azul / Pumas —; — UDN; 127000 127,000
21 3/25/17 UEFA WCQ Sweden / Belarus FS2; 76000 FOXD; 47000 123,000
22 3/24/17 UEFA WCQ Italy / Albania FS2; 35000 UDN; 58000 93,000
23 3/26/17 UEFA WCQ Montenegro / Poland FS2; 71000 —; — 71,000
24 3/25/17 Friendly Seattle Sounders / Necaxa —; — UDN; 47000 47,000
25 3/24/17 UEFA WCQ Turkey / Finland FS2; 26000 UDN; 18000 44,000
26 3/25/17 UEFA WCQ Belgium / Greece —; — UDN; 39000 39,000
27 3/28/17 Int’l Friendly Netherlands / Italy beIN; 22000 —; — 22,000
28 3/25/17 Segunda Division Real Oviedo / Girona —; — beIE; 5000 5,000
29 3/25/17 NASL Puerto Rico / Cosmos beIN; 2000 —; — 2,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 806,923
Premier League 462,954
UEFA CL 430,955
MLS 278,545
La Liga 153,327
NWSL 88,500
Bundesliga 74,491
Primeira Liga 36,000
Serie A 25,764
Ligue 1 16,636
Championship 15,425
NASL 2,000

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

HT SportsTVRatings

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