Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 1-4, 2018

Houston Dynamo’s 4-0 defeat of Atlanta United kicked off the 2018 Major League Soccer season on American television with 469,000 viewers tuning into Univision’s coverage of the match. Viewership saw an 8% decrease from 509,000 for Los Angeles Galaxy vs FC Dallas last year.

FOX Sports 1 saw an even bigger drop with their two matches averaging only 174,000 viewers, down over 40% from their first two broadcasts of 2017.

ESPN was the only network to see an increase in viewership for their opening MLS broadcast of the year with 456,000 people tuning in to see Los Angeles FC defeat Seattle Sounders 1-0 in their inaugural MLS match.

El Súper Clásico drew 2.485 million viewers to Univision and Univision Deportes on Saturday night, making it the most-watched soccer match of 2018 thus far and the most-watched Liga MX regular season match in the past three years.

The United States Women’s National Team’s opening matches of the SheBelieves Cup averaged 375,500 viewers on ESPN2, down nearly 30% from an average of 519,000 for the opening matches of the 2017 tournament. The 2017 tournament, however, saw one match air on the FOX broadcast network.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 1-4, 2018:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 3/3/18 Liga MX Chivas / América Univision; 2485000 —; — 2,485,000
2 3/3/18 Liga MX León / Pumas Univision; 1284000 —; — 1,284,000
3 3/4/18 Premier League Man City / Chelsea NBCSN; 567000 Telemundo; 218000 785,000
4 3/4/18 La Liga Barcelona / Atletico Madrid beIN; 185000 beIE; 567000 752,000
5 3/3/18 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Querétaro UniMás; 745000 —; — 745,000
6 3/3/18 Premier League Spurs / Huddersfield NBCSN; 474000 Unvso; 58000 532,000
7 3/4/18 Liga MX Toluca / Pachuca Univision; 483000 —; — 483,000
8 3/3/18 Premier League Liverpool / Newcastle NBCSN; 476000 —; — 476,000
9 3/3/18 MLS Houston Dynamo / Atlanta United Univision; 368000 UDN; 101000 469,000
10 3/4/18 MLS Seattle Sounders / LAFC ESPN; 456000 —; — 456,000
11 3/4/18 SheBelieves Cup USWNT / France ESPN2; 397000 —; — 397,000
12 3/1/18 SheBelieves Cup USWNT / Germany ESPN2; 354000 —; — 354,000
13 3/4/18 Premier League Brighton / Arsenal NBCSN; 339000 —; — 339,000
14 3/4/18 Liga MX Veracruz / Tigres —; — UDN; 317000 317,000
15 3/2/18 Liga MX Morelia / Atlas —; — UDN; 287000 287,000
16 3/1/18 Premier League Arsenal / Man City NBCSN; 178000 Unvso; 38000 216,000
17 3/3/18 Premier League Burnley / Everton NBCSN; 204000 —; — 204,000
18 3/1/18 CONCACAF CL Seattle Sounders / Santa Tecla —; — UDN; 187000 187,000
19 3/4/18 MLS Sporting Kansas City / New York City FC FS1; 180000 —; — 180,000
20 3/4/18 MLS LA Galaxy / Portland Timbers FS1; 168000 —; — 168,000
21 3/4/18 Bundesliga Freiburg / Bayern —; — UDN; 82000 82,000
22 3/2/18 Bundesliga Mönchengladbach / Bremen —; — UDN; 46000 46,000
23 3/3/18 Bundesliga Schalke / Hertha —; — UDN; 21000 21,000

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

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