Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 12-17, 2017

Mexico and the United States topped the charts last week as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage concluded. Mexico’s matches averaged 3.189 million viewers between both FOX’s and Univision’s networks, beating all other nations by a huge margin. Unsurprisingly, the United States saw the second-highest average viewership at 1.923 million. Overall, Univision averaged 1.1 million viewers throughout the group stage while FOX Sports averaged just over 300k viewers.

The National Women’s Soccer League on Lifetime reached a new high last week as 127k viewers tuned in to see the Portland Thorns take on the North Carolina Courage. The Courage won the match 1-0 and leapfrogged Chicago Red Stars to sit top of the NWSL table.

Also last week, Manchester United opened their US tour against Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake with both matches airing on ESPN2, averaging 251,000 viewers between them.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 12-17, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 7/13/17 Gold Cup Mexico / Jamaica FS1; 281000 Univision; 2933000 3,214,000
2 7/16/17 Gold Cup Curaçao / Mexico FS1; 302000 UniMás; 2387000 2,689,000
3 7/15/17 Gold Cup USMNT / Nicaragua FXX; 657000 UniMás; 1118000 1,775,000
4 7/12/17 Gold Cup USMNT / Martinique FS1; 800000 UniMás; 934000 1,734,000
5 7/13/17 Gold Cup El Salvador / Curaçao FS1; 183000 UniMás; 1038000 1,221,000
6 7/11/17 Gold Cup Honduras / French Guiana FS1; 165000 UniMás; 886000 1,051,000
7 7/14/17 Gold Cup Canada / Honduras FS1; 205000 UniMás; 821000 1,026,000
8 7/11/17 Gold Cup Costa Rica / Canada FS1; 172000 UniMás; 696000 868,000
9 7/16/17 SuperCopa MX Querétaro / América —; — Univision; 830000 830,000
10 7/14/17 Gold Cup Costa Rica / French Guiana FS1; 121000 UniMás; 519000 640,000
11 7/15/17 Gold Cup Panama / Martinique FS2; 78000 UniMás; 536000 614,000
12 7/16/17 Gold Cup Jamaica / El Salvador FS2; 134000 UniMás; 440000 574,000
13 7/16/17 Campeón de Campeones Tigres / Chivas —; — Univision; 419000 419,000
14 7/12/17 Gold Cup Panama / Nicaragua FS1; 181000 UDN; 208000 389,000
15 7/15/17 Friendly Los Angeles Galaxy / Man Utd ESPN2; 272000 —; — 272,000
16 7/17/17 Friendly Real Salt Lake / Man Utd ESPN2; 230000 —; — 230,000
17 7/17/17 Friendly Cruz Azul / Porto —; — UDN; 202000 202,000
18 7/15/17 NWSL Thorns / Courage Lifetime; 127000 —; — 127,000
19 7/16/17 UEFA Euro (W) Netherlands / Norway —; — UDN; 81000 81,000
20 7/14/17 USL San Antonio FC / OKC Energy ESPNU; 19000 —; — 19,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1
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 96,923 (13)        
2017 USL 19,000 (2)       *English-Only
          **One game missing

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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