Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-6, 2017

the MLS All Star game set a record for viewership as a total of 1.9 million viewers watched the match on FS1 and Univision Network. This edition featured the MLS All Stars taking on Spanish side Real Madrid. Total viewership for the game was up 118% from 873,000 in the 2016 edition which featured Arsenal.

For the English-language audience, however, the viewing number declined for the fourth year in a row. The viewing number also saw a decline of 18% compared to last year’s MLS All-Star Game (513,000 viewers on ESPN for MLS All-Stars against Arsenal).

Last week featured the official kickoff to both the English and German soccer seasons as Dortmund and Bayern faced off in the DFL-Supercup while Arsenal took on Chelsea for the FA Community Shield.

Both matches were broadcast on FOX’s networks with the DFL-Supercup drawing 426,000 viewers on the FOX over-the-air network, up from 102,000 viewers for the same fixture last season on FS1. The Community Shield also saw an increase in viewership, although smaller, as 324,000 tuned in to witness Arsenal win the match for the third time in four years. Last season’s edition saw only 292,000 viewers as Manchester United defeated Leicester City.

The National Women’s Soccer League returned to cable this week after a brief break in the final week of July. Kickoff for the featured match between the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash was moved up two hours due to extreme heat. However the broadcast still scored 88,000 viewers, up 7,000 from Lifetime’s previous broadcast on July 22.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-6, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 8/2/17 MLS All Star Game MLS / Real Madrid FS1; 420000 Univision; 1484000 1,904,000
2 8/5/17 Liga MX América / Pumas Univision; 992000 —; — 992,000
3 8/5/17 Liga MX León / Cruz Azul Univision; 731000 —; — 731,000
4 8/3/17 Tournament of Nations USWNT / Japan ESPN2; 538000 UDN; 143000 681,000
5 8/6/17 Liga MX Toluca / Atlas Univision; 630000 —; — 630,000
6 8/5/17 DFL-Supercup Dortmund / Bayern FOX; 426000 FOXD; 87000 513,000
7 8/6/17 MLS Sporting Kansas City / Atlanta United FS1; 323000 FOXD; 25000 348,000
8 8/5/17 Int’l Friendly Spurs / Juventus ESPN; 347000 —; — 347,000
9 8/6/17 FA Community Shield Arsenal / Chelsea FS1; 324000 —; — 324,000
10 8/5/17 Liga MX Chivas / Necaxa —; — UDN; 319000 319,000
11 8/4/17 Liga MX Tijuana / Monterrey —; — UDN; 276000 276,000
12 8/6/17 MLS New York City / New York Red Bulls FS1; 240000 FOXD; 33000 273,000
13 8/6/17 MLS Portland Timbers / Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN; 265000 —; — 265,000
14 8/2/17 Copa MX América / Atlas —; — Gala; 238000 238,000
15 8/6/17 Liga MX Veracruz / Puebla —; — UDN; 190000 190,000
16 8/6/17 UEFA Euro (W) Netherlands / Denmark ESPN2; 156000 —; — 156,000
17 8/4/17 Liga MX Morelia / Santos —; — UDN; 155000 155,000
18 8/1/17 Copa MX Tijuana / Puebla —; — UDN; 119000 119,000
19 8/1/17 MLS Homegrown Game MLS / Chivas U20 —; — UDN; 88000 88,000
20 8/5/17 NWSL Thorns / Dash Lifetime; 88000 —; — 88,000
21 8/3/17 CONCACAF League Olimpia / Alajuelense —; — UDN; 74000 74,000
22 8/2/17 Audi Cup Atlético Madrid / Liverpool —; — UDN; 34000 34,000
23 8/1/17 Audi Cup Bayern / Liverpool —; — UDN; 28000 28,000
24 8/3/17 UEFA Euro (W) Denmark / Austria —; — UDN; 23000 23,000
25 8/3/17 UEFA Euro (W) Netherlands / England —; — UDN; 22000 22,000
26 8/2/17 Audi Cup Napoli / Bayern —; — UDN; 20000 20,000
27 8/1/17 Audi Cup Atlético Madrid / Napoli —; — UDN; 13000 13,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1
2017 MLS 261,261 (44) 298,941 (17) 256,750 (4) 440,750 (4) 188,000** (18)
2016 MLS 257,683 (63) 290,179 (28) 201,500 (4) 658,000 (5) 154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL 95,267 (15)        
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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