Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

In the same timeslot as the MLS match Saturday, Lifetime saw a 36% decrease in NWSL viewership from last week’s season high with the Chicago Red Stars defeating the Orlando Pride 2-1 before a television audience of 81,000.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds averaged 2.457 million viewers across FS1 and Univision/UniMás through the semi-finals. Mexico unsurprisingly led the pack with pre-final tournament viewership peaking at 3.795 million viewers as El Tri fell to Jamaica. The Mexican National team played five matches at the 2017 Gold Cup, with an average audience of 3.4 million. The United States averaged 2.1 million viewers for their first five matches (not including the Gold Cup final viewing number).

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 7/23/17 Gold Cup Mexico / Jamaica FS1; 794000 Univision; 3001000 3,795,000
2 7/20/17 Gold Cup Mexico / Honduras FS1; 339000 Univision; 3288000 3,627,000
3 7/19/17 Gold Cup USMNT / El Salvador FS1; 1050000 Univision; 1615000 2,665,000
4 7/22/17 Gold Cup Costa Rica / USMNT FS1; 1094000 UniMás; 1114000 2,208,000
5 7/20/17 Gold Cup Jamaica / Canada FS1; 357000 UniMás; 1563000 1,920,000
6 7/22/17 Liga MX América / Querétaro Univision; 510000 UDN; 319000 829,000
7 7/22/17 Liga MX Tigres / Puebla Univision; 521000 UDN; 248000 769,000
8 7/22/17 Liga MX Chivas / Toluca Univision; 538000 UDN; 229000 767,000
9 7/23/17 Liga MX Pumas / Pachuca Univision; 371000 UDN; 167000 538,000
10 7/19/17 Gold Cup Costa Rica / Panama FS1; 255000 UniMás; 272000 527,000
11 7/20/17 Int’l Champions Cup Man Utd / Man City ESPN; 452000 —; — 452,000
12 7/23/17 Int’l Champions Cup Man Utd / Real Madrid ESPN; 443000 —; — 443,000
13 7/22/17 Liga MX León / Atlas UniMás; 413000 —; — 413,000
14 7/22/17 Int’l Champions Cup Barcelona / Juventus ESPN; 403000 —; — 403,000
15 7/21/17 Liga MX Tijuana / Cruz Azul —; — UDN; 369000 369,000
16 7/21/17 MLS Orlando City / Atlanta United ESPN; 338000 —; — 338,000
17 7/17/17 Friendly Real Salt Lake / Man Utd ESPN2; 230000 —; — 230,000
18 7/18/17 Friendly Murciélagos / América —; — UDN; 230000 230,000
19 7/21/17 Liga MX Morelia / Monterrey —; — UDN; 223000 223,000
20 7/22/17 MLS Minnesota United / New York Red Bulls ESPN; 222000 —; — 222,000
21 7/22/17 Int’l Champions Cup Spurs / PSG ESPN2; 207000 —; — 207,000
22 7/17/17 Friendly Cruz Azul / Porto —; — UDN; 202000 202,000
23 7/23/17 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps / Portland Timers FS1; 127000 FOXD; 28000 155,000
24 7/22/17 NWSL Red Stars / Pride Lifetime; 81000 —; — 81,000
25 7/19/17 Int’l Champions Cup PSG / Roma ESPN2; 74000 —; — 74,000
26 7/17/17 UEFA Euro (W) Germany / Sweden —; — UDN; 28000 28,000
27 7/18/17 UEFA Euro (W) France / Iceland —; — UDN; 25000 25,000
28 7/21/17 UEFA Euro (W) Germany / Italy —; — UDN; 23000 23,000
29 7/19/17 UEFA Euro (W) Spain / Portugal —; — UDN; 16000 16,000
30 7/18/17 Int’l Champions Cup Milan / Dortmund ESPNU; 14000 —; — 14,000
31 7/20/17 UEFA Euro (W) Norway / Belgium —; — UDN; 14000 14,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1
2017 MLS 250,329 (38) 295,714 (15) 256,750 (4) 428,333 (3) 176,313** (17)
2016 MLS 257,683 (63) 290,179 (28) 201,500 (4) 658,000 (5) 154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL 95,786 (14)        
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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