Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017

It was a down week overall for soccer TV viewing in this country last week. Total Liga MX viewership was down almost 27% compared to the previous week while total viewership of the Premier League was down 20%.

Saturday afternoon produced the least-watched Premier League match on NBC since November 19, 2016. Only 645,000 viewers tuned in for the 0-0 draw featuring Southampton and Bournemouth. NBC nearly matched that number the following day on its cable network as 631,000 watched Arsenal and Manchester City play to a 2-2 draw.

FOX Sports’ Friday night MLS doubleheader averaged 215,000 viewers from 7:30 pm to midnight ET, bringing FOX’s average MLS audience for the season down to 268,000. FOX’s viewership for MLS has been falling steadily since the opening weekend one month ago. However, viewership is up by 14,000 when compared to this time last season.

It’s a similar story for ESPN. Their Sunday evening match between the Portland Timbers and New England Revolution attracted 266,000 viewers on ESPN2.

It’s likely things will turn around soon as MLS returns to the primary ESPN network next week then makes its first of four appearances on the over-the-air FOX broadcast network this season on April 15.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 4/1/17 Liga MX América / Monterrey Univision; 835000 UDN; 465000 1,300,000
2 4/1/17 Liga MX Tigres / León Univision; 497000 UDN; 242000 739,000
3 4/1/17 Premier League Southampton / Bournemouth NBC; 645000 —; — 645,000
4 4/2/17 Premier League Arsenal / Man City NBCSN; 631000 —; — 631,000
5 4/2/17 La Liga Granada / Barcelona beIN; 118000 beIE; 393000 511,000
6 4/1/17 Premier League Chelsea / Crystal Palace NBCSN; 448000 Unvso; 47000 495,000
7 4/2/17 Liga MX Toluca / Necaxa Univision; 326000 UDN; 110000 436,000
8 4/2/17 La Liga Real Madrid / Alavés beIN; 77000 beIE; 246000 323,000
9 4/1/17 Premier League Liverpool / Everton NBCSN; 287000 Unvso; 19000 306,000
10 3/31/17 MLS Seattle Sounders / Atlanta United FS1; 224000 FOXD; 47000 271,000
11 4/2/17 MLS Portland Timbers / New England Revolution ESPN2; 266000 ESPND; — 266,000
12 4/2/17 Premier League Swansea City / Middlesbrough NBCSN; 256000 —; — 256,000
13 4/1/17 Liga MX Chiapas / Pumas —; — UDN; 226000 226,000
14 4/2/17 Liga MX Santos / Querétaro —; — UDN; 192000 192,000
15 4/1/17 MLS Columbus Crew / Orlando City UniMás; 117000 UDN; 48000 165,000
16 3/31/17 MLS Toronto FC / Sporting Kansas City FS1; 113000 FOXD; 46000 159,000
17 4/1/17 Premier League Man Utd / West Brom CNBC; 151000 —; — 151,000
18 4/2/17 La Liga Valencia / Deportivo —; — beIE; 89000 89,000
19 4/1/17 La Liga Málaga / Atlético Madrid —; — beIE; 85000 85,000
20 4/2/17 Bundesliga Ingolstadt / Mainz FS1; 51000 FOXD; 23000 74,000
21 3/31/17 Friendly Mexico Legends / La Liga Legends beIN; 8000 beIE; 58000 66,000
22 4/1/17 La Liga Sociedad / Leganés —; — beIE; 63000 63,000
23 4/1/17 Bundesliga Frankfurt / Mönchengladbach FS2; 14000 FOXD; 43000 57,000
24 4/2/17 Bundesliga Leverkusen / Wolfsburg FS2; 15000 FOXD; 40000 55,000
25 4/1/17 Coupe de la Ligue Monaco / PSG beIN; 54000 —; — 54,000
26 4/1/17 Liga MX Pachuca / Puebla —; — Unvso; 48000 48,000
27 4/1/17 Bundesliga Schalke / Dortmund FS2; 33000 —; — 33,000
28 3/31/17 La Liga Espanyol / Real Betis —; — beIE; 25000 25,000
29 4/1/17 La Liga Osasuna / Athletic —; — beIE; 23000 23,000
30 3/31/17 Bundesliga Hertha Berlin / Hoffenheim FS2; 20000 —; — 20,000
31 4/1/17 Serie A Sassuolo / Lazio beIN; 15000 —; — 15,000
32 4/1/17 Bundesliga RB Leipzig / Darmstadt —; — FOXD; 10000 10,000
33 3/31/17 EFL Championship Derby / QPR beIN; 3000 —; — 3,000
34 4/1/17 EFL Championship Brentford / Bristol beIN; 3000 —; — 3,000
35 4/1/17 NASL Cosmos / Miami FC beIN; 3000 —; — 3,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 787,737
Premier League 464,038
UEFA CL 430,955
MLS 278,545
La Liga 153,624
NWSL 88,500
Bundesliga 73,417
Primeira Liga 36,000
Serie A 25,527
Ligue 1 16,636
Championship 14,833
NASL 2,500

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

League Overall ESPN FOX ( /NBC ) Univision
2017 MLS 261,667 318,333 268,833 226,167
2016 MLS 266,467 279,094 264,656 247,148
2015 MLS 240,000 142,000
2014 MLS 220,000 112,000
2013 MLS 311,000 125,000

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

HT SportsTVRatings

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