Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 3-9, 2017

Major League Soccer viewership continued to decline last week as the match between Orlando City and New York Red Bulls on ESPN drew just 233,000 viewers, nearly 150,000 viewers fewer than the friendly match between the United States Women’s National Team and Russia. Orlando-New York Red Bulls was the least-viewed program on ESPN for that day.

Last Saturday’s Bundesliga matchup between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund averaged 261,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes to become the most-watched Bundesliga match on cable and the fourth most watched match overall this season. The top spot goes to the reverse fixture when 426,000 tuned in on the FOX broadcast network back on November 19, 2016.

Napoli’s 3-0 defeat of Lazio lat Sunday drew 58,000 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español to become the fifth most-watched Serie A match of the season and the third most-watched in Spanish. Also on beIN SPORTS, both the Madrid Derby and Barcelona’s match against Malaga managed to break the 500,000 viewer mark on Saturday.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 3-9, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 4/8/17 Liga MX Chivas / Puebla Univision; 748000 UDN; 469000 1,217,000
2 4/8/17 Liga MX Monterrey / Chiapas Univision; 484000 UDN; 267000 751,000
3 4/8/17 Premier League Bournemouth / Chelsea NBCSN; 663000 Unvso; 26000 689,000
4 4/9/17 Liga MX Pumas / Toluca Univision; 505000 UDN; 184000 689,000
5 4/5/17 Copa MX Monterrey / Chivas —; — UDN; 648000 648,000
6 4/8/17 La Liga Malaga / Barcelona beIN; 114000 beIE; 431000 545,000
7 4/8/17 La Liga Real Madrid / Atlético Madrid beIN; 155000 beIE; 347000 502,000
8 4/4/17 CONCACAF CL Pachuca / FC Dallas —; — UDN; 448000 448,000
9 4/9/17 Premier League Sunderland / Man Utd NBCSN; 420000 —; — 420,000
10 4/9/17 Premier League Everton / Leicester City NBCSN; 387000 —; — 387,000
11 4/5/17 Premier League Chelsea / Man City NBCSN; 287000 Unvso; 37000 324,000
12 4/8/17 Premier League Hull City / Man City NBCSN; 281000 Unvso; 26000 307,000
13 4/9/17 Liga MX Santos / Pachuca —; — UDN; 298000 298,000
14 4/8/17 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Morelia —; — UDN; 293000 293,000
15 4/8/17 Premier League Spurs / Watford NBCSN; 251000 Unvso; 14000 265,000
16 4/8/17 Bundesliga Bayern / Dortmund FS1; 174000 FOXD; 87000 261,000
17 4/6/17 Int’l Friendly (W) United States / Russia FS1; 253000 —; — 253,000
18 4/5/17 La Liga Leganés / Real Madrid beIN; 56000 beIE; 182000 238,000
19 4/9/17 MLS Orlando City / New York Red Bulls ESPN; 233000 —; — 233,000
20 4/4/17 Premier League Man Utd / Everton NBCSN; 219000 Unvso; 9000 228,000
21 4/5/17 CONCACAF CL Vancouver / Tigres —; — Gala; 185000 185,000
22 4/5/17 La Liga Barcelona / Sevilla beIN; 39000 beIE; 139000 178,000
23 4/9/17 MLS Sporting Kansas City / Colorado Rapids FS1; 152000 FOXD; 26000 178,000
24 4/8/17 MLS DC United / New York City UniMás; 131000 UDN; 42000 173,000
25 4/8/17 Premier League Liverpool / Stoke City CNBC; 172000 —; — 172,000
26 4/8/17 La Liga Sevilla / Deportivo —; — beIE; 150000 150,000
27 4/8/17 Liga MX León / Veracruz —; — Gala; 119000 119,000
28 4/4/17 La Liga Atlético Madrid / Sociedad beIN; 22000 —; 55000 77,000
29 4/9/17 Serie A Lazio / Napoli —; — beIE; 58000 58,000
30 4/9/17 La Liga Osasuna / Leganes —; — beIE; 48000 48,000
31 4/9/17 Bundesliga Berlin / Augsburg FS1; 43000 ; — 43,000
32 4/6/17 La Liga Valencia / Celta beIN; 9000 beIE; 32000 41,000
33 4/4/17 Bundesliga Hoffenheim / Bayern FS1; 39000 —; — 39,000
34 4/7/17 Bundesliga Frankfurt / Bremen FS2; 20000 FOXD; 16000 36,000
35 4/5/17 Bundesliga Darmstadt / Leverkusen FS1; 22000 FOXD; 12000 34,000
36 4/7/17 La Liga Villarreal / Athletic —; — beIE; 33000 33,000
37 4/9/17 Bundesliga Ingolstadt / Darmstadt FS2; 18000 FOXD; 13000 31,000
38 4/9/17 La Liga Celta / Eibar —; — beIE; 31000 31,000
39 4/4/17 La Liga Athletic / Espanyol beIN; 2000 beIE; 22000 24,000
40 4/8/17 Bundesliga Leipzig / Leverkusen FS2; 22000 —; — 22,000
41 4/6/17 La Liga Eibar / Las Palmas beIN; 5000 beIE; 16000 21,000
42 4/3/17 La Liga Celta / Las Palmas —; — beIE; 20000 20,000
43 4/3/17 Serie A Inter Milan / Sampdoria beIN; 19000 —; — 19,000
44 4/8/17 Bundesliga Schalke / Wolfsburg —; — FOXD; 18000 18,000
45 4/4/17 Bundesliga Dortmund / Hamburg FS2; 17000 —; — 17,000
46 4/5/17 Bundesliga Mönchengladbach / Hertha Berlin FS2; 13000 —; — 13,000
47 4/9/17 Serie A Bologna / Roma beIN; 11000 —; — 11,000
48 4/4/17 Bundesliga Köln / Frankfurt —; — FOXD; 7000 7,000
49 4/7/17 EFL Championship QPR / Brighton beIN; 2000 —; — 2,000

Comparison of viewing numbers for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 778,516
Premier League 461,239
UEFA CL 430,955
MLS 250,500
La Liga 153,815
NWSL 88,500
Bundesliga 73,475
Primeira Liga 36,000
Serie A 25,763
Ligue 1 16,636
Championship 14,535
NASL 2,500

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

League Overall ESPN FOX ( /NBC ) Univision
2017 MLS 250,500 297,000 255,857 238,833
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
2012 MLS 292,000
2011 MLS 253,000
201o MLS 299,000
2009 MLS 251,000
2008 MLS 289,000
2007 MLS 263,000

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

HT SportsTVRatings

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