Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 21-27, 2017

Last week saw two Premier League matches break the one million viewer mark. Saturday afternoon’s match between Manchester United and Leicester City drew 1.137 million viewers across NBC and Universo, up 38% from the same window last week and up 15% from the opening weekend. Then on Sunday, Liverpool’s 4-0 destruction of Arsenal drew 1.073 million viewers on NBCSN and Telemundo, up 4% from the opening weekend match which featured Chicharito’s West Ham United debut.

Bundesliga match week two ratings were up 56% from last season. Viewership peaked on Saturday when both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were featured on FOX Sports 1. Through the first two weeks of the season, eight of the 11 Bundesliga matches available to cable subscribers have been on FOX Sports 1 with those matches averaging 104,750 viewers with Spanish-language viewership included.

MLS saw a slight increase in viewership for Heineken Rivalry Week broadcasts with the weekends four nationally-televised matches averaging 250,250 viewers on ESPN and FOX Sports 1, up just 7% from the 234,500 average cable viewers for the season before this weekend. However, when comparing this weekend’s numbers to the six other matches broadcast in August, viewership was up 27%.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 15-20, 2017:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 8/26/17 Premier League Man Utd / Leicester City NBC; 1071000 Unvso; 66000 1,137,000
2 8/27/17 Premier League Liverpool / Arsenal NBCSN; 694000 Telemundo; 379000 1,073,000
3 8/26/17 Liga MX Tigres / Lobos Univision; 551000 UDN; 309000 860,000
4 8/26/17 Liga MX Chivas / Querétaro Univision; 530000 UDN; 279000 809,000
5 8/23/17 Liga MX América / Tigres —; — UDN; 596000 596,000
6 8/27/17 La Liga Real Madrid / Valencia beIN; 129000 beIE; 431000 560,000
7 8/26/17 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Monterrey —; — UDN; 432000 432,000
8 8/26/17 Premier League West Ham / Newcastle NBCSN; 356000 Unvso; 65000 421,000
9 8/27/17 MLS Seattle Sounders / Portland Timers FS1; 326000 FOXD; 16000 342,000
10 8/26/17 La Liga Alavés / Barcelona beIN; 90000 beIE; 245000 335,000
11 8/26/17 Liga MX Monarcas / América —; — Gala; 331000 331,000
12 8/25/17 MLS New York Red Bulls / New York City ESPN; 326000 —; — 326,000
13 8/21/17 Premier League Man City / Everton NBCSN; 301000 —; — 301,000
14 8/23/17 Liga MX Monterrey / Toluca UniMás; 275000 —; — 275,000
15 8/22/17 Liga MX Pumas / Morelia UniMás; 267000 —; — 267,000
16 8/27/17 Premier League Chelsea / Everton CNBC; 230000 —; — 230,000
17 8/25/17 Liga MX Tijuana / Pachuca —; — UDN; 228000 228,000
18 8/27/17 Liga MX Veracruz / Pumas —; — UDN; 213000 213,000
19 8/23/17 Liga MX Necaxa / Cruz Azul —; — UDN; 207000 207,000
20 8/22/17 Liga MX Pachuca / Veracruz —; — UDN; 194000 194,000
21 8/27/17 MLS Los Angeles Galaxy / San Jose Earthquakes FS1; 168000 FOXD; 23000 191,000
22 8/26/17 Premier League Bournemouth / Man City NBCSN; 169000 Unvso; 20000 189,000
23 8/27/17 MLS Montreal Impact / Toronto FC ESPN; 181000 —; — 181,000
24 8/26/17 Bundesliga Bremen / Bayern FS1; 124000 UDN; 38000 162,000
25 8/26/17 Bundesliga Dortmund / Hertha FS1; 142000 FOXD; 14000 156,000
26 8/22/17 Liga MX Querétaro / Tijuana —; — UDN; 152000 152,000
27 8/23/17 UEFA CL Playoff Hoffenheim / Liverpool FS1; 152000 —; — 152,000
28 8/26/17 NWSL Kansas City / Orlando Lifetime; 113000 —; — 113,000
29 8/25/17 Ligue 1 PSG / Saint-Étienne beIN; 91000 beIE; 19000 110,000
30 8/27/17 Liga MX Toluca / Puebla —; — UDN; 106000 106,000
31 8/27/17 Bundesliga Leipzig / Freiburg FS1; 81000 UDN; 22000 103,000
32 8/24/17 CONCACAF League Olimpia / Alianza —; — UDN; 102000 102,000
33 8/26/17 Serie A Roma / Inter Milan —; — beIE; 98000 98,000
34 8/27/17 La Liga Getafe / Sevilla —; — beIE; 98000 98,000
35 8/26/17 La Liga Las Palmas / Atlético Madrid beIN; 20000 beIE; 77000 97,000
36 8/25/17 Bundesliga Köln / Hamburg FS2; 31000 UDN; 9000 40,000
37 8/24/17 CONCACAF League Plaza Amador / Walter Ferreti —; — UDN; 38000 38,000
38 8/27/17 Serie A Torino / Sassuolo beIN; 16000 —; — 16,000
39 8/27/17 Bundesliga Hannover / Schalke FS2; 14000 —; — 14,000
40 8/26/17 Bundesliga Leverkusen / Hoffenheim FS2; 6000 —; — 6,000
41 8/26/17 NASL Puerto Rico FC / Miami FC beIN; 5000 —; — 5,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1
2017 MLS 255,279 (52) 294,158 (19) 220,000 (5) 440,750 (4) 189,227** (22)
2016 MLS 257,683 (63) 290,179 (28) 201,500 (4) 658,000 (5) 154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL 96,167 (16)        
2017 USL 19,000 (2)       *English-Only
          **One game missing

League averages this season:

League Viewers
EPL 587,588
LMX 480,419
MLS 255,279
NWSL 96,167
BuLi 89,800

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily and @thegoalkeeper

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