Real Madrid and Juventus led in the ratings this week as over 3 million people tuned in for the UEFA Champions League final on FOX and FOX Deportes. Viewership was up 3% on the FOX broadcast network when compared to 2016 (1.762M vs 1.7M) while FOX Deportes underperformed ESPN Deportes by 4% against the 2016 final (1.241M vs 1.3M).
Mexico’s 3-1 defeat of the Republic of Ireland was watched by 2.052 million people on both Univision and Univision Deportes, making it the most-watched friendly of 2017, beating out the previous high for Mexico-Iceland (1.56M) by nearly half a million viewers.
The United States Men’s National Team also scored their largest viewership for a non-competitive match in 2017 as 1.33 million watched their 1-1 draw with Venezuela. Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast proved the most popular with 63% of viewers electing to watch across their networks.
In the US domestic game, ESPN saw a large drop-off in viewership when compared to last week (346,000 vs 256,000) while FS1 and FOX Deportes’ broadcast of Orlando City-Chicago Fire beat the Texas Derby by 100,000 viewers (275k vs 171k)
Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 29-June 4, 2017:
Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:
|1||6/3/17||UEFA CL Final||Juventus / Real Madrid||FOX; 1762000||FOXD; 1241000||3,003,000|
|2||6/1/17||Int’l Friendly||Mexico / Ireland||Univision; 1500000||UDN; 552000||2,052,000|
|3||6/3/17||Int’l Friendly||USMNT / Venezuela||FS1; 492000||Univision; 838000||1,330,000|
|4||6/2/17||MLS||Timbers / Earthquakes||UniMás; 286000||—; —||286,000|
|5||6/4/17||MLS||Orlando City / Chicago Fire||FS1; 211000||FOXD; 64000||275,000|
|6||6/3/17||MLS||Sporting / Minnesota||ESPN; 256000||—; —||256,000|
|7||6/3/17||NWSL||Courage / Kansas City||Lifetime; 91000||—; —||91,000|
|8||5/29/17||Manchester City Cup||América Academy / Xolos Academy||—; —||UDN; 84000||84,000|
|9||5/29/17||Manchester City Cup||Sounders Academy / Spurs Academy||—; —||UDN; 63000||63,000|