Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017

Viewership for NBC Universo’s coverage of Liga MX hit its peak for 2017 this past weekend as 284,000 watched Pachuca and Chivas play to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Prior to this match, Chivas were averaging 1.24 million viewers per match exclusively on Univision’s networks with 7 of their 10 matches drawing more than 1 million viewers. Club América are leading club soccer viewership in this country by averaging 1.294 million viewers through 12 matches.

The Premier League returned to the NBC network this weekend after a week off. An average of 784,000 watched Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat of Southampton bringing the average viewership for Premier League matches on NBC to 875,571 for the season. At the same time on the FOX network, Bayer Leverkusen took on Bayern Munich to an audience of 282,000 for FOX’s fourth Bundesliga game of the season, bringing their average viewership down to 311,000 on the FOX network.

Immediately after the conclusion of FOX’s Bundesliga coverage, Major League Soccer made its 2017 debut on the network as a disappointing 346,000 viewers tuned in to watch Orlando City take on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Games on FOX in 2016 averaged 658,000 viewers, with the lowest being 349,000 on July 31, 2016.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 4/15/17 Liga MX América / Querétaro Univision; 669000 UDN; 401000 1,070,000
2 4/11/17 Liga MX Tigres / Chivas UniMás; 465000 UDN; 503000 968,000
3 4/12/17 Liga MX América / Necaxa UniMás; 412000 UDN; 477000 889,000
4 4/15/17 Premier League Southampton / Man City NBC; 784000 Unvso; 42000 826,000
5 4/16/17 Premier League Man Utd / Chelsea NBCSN; 816000 —; — 816,000
6 4/15/17 Liga MX Tigres / Pumas Univision; 482000 UDN; 279000 761,000
7 4/11/17 UEFA CL Quarter Finals Juventus / Barcelona FS1; 391000 FOXD; 357000 748,000
8 4/16/17 Liga MX Toluca / Monterrey Univision; 522000 UDN; 179000 701,000
9 4/15/17 La Liga Barcelona / Sociedad beIN; 139000 beIE; 403000 542,000
10 4/16/17 Premier League West Brom / Liverpool NBCSN; 415000 Unvso; 32000 447,000
11 4/13/17 Liga MX Toluca / Cruz Azul —; — UDN; 401000 401,000
12 4/15/17 La Liga Sporting / Real Madrid beIN; 134000 beIE; 256000 390,000
13 4/12/17 UEFA CL Quarter Finals Bayern / Real Madrid FS1; 383000 —; — 383,000
14 4/15/17 MLS Orlando City / Los Angeles Galaxy FOX; 346000 FOXD; 31000 377,000
15 4/15/17 Premier League Crystal Palace / Leicester City NBCSN; 361000 —; — 361,000
16 4/15/17 Bundesliga Leverkusen / Bayern FOX; 282000 FOXD; 58000 340,000
17 4/16/17 Liga MX Puebla / Cruz Azul —; — UDN; 327000 327,000
18 4/14/17 MLS San Jose Earthquakes / FC Dallas UniMás; 256000 UDN; 42000 298,000
19 4/15/17 Liga MX Pachuca / Chivas —; — Unvso; 284000 284,000
20 4/15/17 Premier League Spurs / Bournemouth NBCSN; 260000 —; — 260,000
21 4/12/17 Liga MX Querétaro / Tijuana —; — UDN; 241000 241,000
22 4/13/17 UEFA EL Quarter Finals Anderlecht / Man Utd FS1; 211000 —; — 211,000
23 4/15/17 La Liga Atlético Madrid / Osasuna beIN; 57000 beIE; 146000 203,000
24 4/14/17 MLS Philadelphia Union / New York City ESPN; 198000 ESPND; — 198,000
25 4/15/17 Liga MX Chiapas / Tijuana —; — UDN; 188000 188,000
26 4/11/17 Liga MX Chiapas / León —; — UDN; 180000 180,000
27 4/10/17 Premier League Crystal Palace / Arsenal NBCSN; 174000 —; — 174,000
28 4/12/17 UEFA CL Quarter Finals Dortmund / Monaco FS2; 96000 —; — 96,000
29 4/12/17 UEFA CL Quarter Finals Atlético Madrid / Leicester City FS2; 41000 FOXD; 51000 92,000
30 4/15/17 Bundesliga Dortmund / Frankfurt FS1; 88000 —; — 88,000
31 4/15/17 NWSL Thorns / Pride Lifetime; 82000 —; — 82,000
32 4/16/17 La Liga Valencia / Sevilla beIN; 8000 beIE; 74000 82,000
33 4/16/17 Bundesliga Bremen / Hamburg FS1; 65000 —; — 65,000
34 4/16/17 Bundesliga Darmstadt / Schalke FS1; 51000 FOXD; 10000 61,000
35 4/12/17 Liga MX Pachuca / Morelia —; — Unvso; 53000 53,000
36 4/16/17 La Liga Betis / Eibar —; — beIE; 50000 50,000
37 4/16/17 La Liga Granada / Celta Vigo —; — beIE; 50000 50,000
38 4/15/17 Serie A Inter Milan / AC Milan beIN; 25000 beIE; 18000 43,000
39 4/10/17 La Liga Sociedad / Sporting beIN; 7000 beIE; 24000 31,000
40 4/14/17 La Liga Athletic / Las Palmas —; — beIE; 26000 26,000
41 4/14/17 Primeira Liga Vitória / Sporting CP —; — UDN; 18000 18,000
42 4/14/17 Ligue 1 Angers / PSG beIN; 18000 —; — 18,000
43 4/15/17 Bundesliga Hoffenheim / Mönchengladbach FS2; 6000 FOXD; 12000 18,000
44 4/13/17 UEFA EL Quarter Finals Ajax / Schalke FS2; 17000 —; — 17,000
45 4/16/17 Ligue 1 Marseille / Saint-Étienne beIN; 14000 —; — 14,000
46 4/14/17 EFL Championship Wolves / Brighton beIN; 11000 —; — 11,000
47 4/15/17 NASL Armada / Deltas beIN; 10000 —; — 10,000
48 4/14/17 EFL Championship Bristol / QPR beIN; 5000 —; — 5,000

Comparison of viewing numbers for soccer leagues on US TV:

League Average
Liga MX 787,130
Premier League 461,929
UEFA CL 430,955
MLS 256,286
La Liga 154,411
NWSL 82,000
Bundesliga 75,683
Primeira Liga 35,455
Serie A 25,987
Ligue 1 16,583
Championship 14,244
NASL 5,000

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

League Overall ESPN FOX Univision
2017 MLS 256,286 277,200 271,000 228,500
2016 MLS 266,467 279,094 264,656 247,148

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

HT SportsTVRatings

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