Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 6-9, 2017

The National Women’s Soccer League matched its season high viewership on Lifetime last week as 123,000 viewers tuned in watch Washington Spirit against Orlando Pride. Viewership of the NWSL on Lifetime has seen a 9% increase since the beginning of June and the league is now averaging 94,417 viewers on the year.

Last week also marked the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Through the first round, the competition is averaging 1.272 million viewers per match on Univision’s networks. First round viewership peaked on Sunday as FS1 and Univision combined to produce an audience of 3.664 million for Mexico’s opening fixture against El Salvador. The over-the-air FOX network won the majority of viewers for the United States’ opening match against Panama as the network drew 1.212 million viewers to Univision’s 1.049 million. This should not be expected to become a trend however, as the United States will return to FOX’s cable networks for the remainder of the tournament.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 6-9, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 7/9/17 Gold Cup Mexico / El Salvador FS1; 403000 Univision; 3261000 3,664,000
2 7/8/17 Gold Cup USMNT / Panama FOX; 1212000 Univision; 1049000 2,261,000
3 7/9/17 Gold Cup Curaçao / Jamaica FS1; 223000 Univision; 1150000 1,373,000
4 7/7/17 Gold Cup Honduras / Costa Rica FS2; 130000 UniMás; 1066000 1,196,000
5 7/8/17 Gold Cup Martinique / Nicaragua —; — Univision; 870000 870,000
6 7/7/17 Gold Cup French Guiana / Canada FS2; 94000 UDN; 237000 331,000
7 7/8/17 Friendly Cruz Azul / Toluca —; — UDN; 130000 130,000
8 7/8/17 NWSL Courage / Reign Lifetime; 123000 —; — 123,000
9 7/9/17 Friendly Mexico Legends / Germany Legends —; — UDN; 90000 90,000
10 7/6/17 USL Tampa Bay / Cinicinnati ESPNU; 19000 —; — 19,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1 Univision UniMás
2017 MLS 250,484 (34) 290,800 (11) 256,750 (4) 428,333 (3) 182,571** (15)    
2016 MLS 257,683 (63) 290,179 (28) 201,500 (4) 658,000 (5) 154,346 (26)    
2017 NWSL 94,417 (12)            
          *English-Only    
          **One game missing  

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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