Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 25-29, 2018

Last week’s CONCACAF Champions League Final 2nd Leg attracted 1.525 million viewers, making it the third most-watched club soccer match in the United States in 2018 behind March’s SuperClásico on Univision and April’s Manchester Derby on NBC and Telemundo. The two-legged series averaged 1.155 million viewers.

Last Sunday’s MLS broadcast on ESPN featuring the Colorado Rapids and Orlando City was the network’s least-watched MLS match since October 2016 and the third least-watched since ESPN began its most recent broadcast deal with the league that same year. At just 173,000 viewers, this also represents the rare occasion where a match on FS1 beat an ESPN broadcast on the same weekend as LAFC’s home opener later that night, which drew 248,000 viewers.

UniMás also saw weak numbers for its MLS telecast last weekend with just 148,000 people tuning in to watch Saturday’s contest between the Philadelphia Union and DC United. It was Univision’s least-watched telecast of the season thus far.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 25-29, 2018:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 4/25/18 CONCACAF CL Chivas / Toronto FC UniMás/UDN; 1525000 —; — 1,525,000
2 4/28/18 Liga MX Club América / Santos Univision; 661000 UDN; 423000 1,084,000
3 4/28/18 Liga MX Tigres / Monterrey Univision; 540000 UDN; 405000 945,000
4 4/29/18 Premier League Man Utd / Arsenal NBCSN; 646000 Telemundo; 192000 838,000
5 4/28/18 Premier League Swansea / Chelsea NBC; 672000 Universo; 14,000 686,000
6 4/29/18 Liga MX Pumas / Querétaro Univision; 505000 —; — 505,000
7 4/29/18 Premier League West Ham / Man City NBCSN; 338000 Universo; 42,000 380,000
8 4/27/18 Liga MX Tijuana / Toluca —; — UDN; 342000 342,000
9 4/28/18 Premier League Liverpool / Stoke City NBCSN; 249000 Universo; 64,000 313,000
10 4/27/18 Liga MX Morelia / Necaxa —; — UDN; 283000 283,000
11 4/28/18 Premier League Southampton / Bournmouth NBCSN; 261000 —; — 261,000
12 4/29/18 MLS LAFC / Seattle Sounders FS1; 248000 —; — 248,000
13 4/28/18 Liga MX Lobos / Puebla —; — UDN; 218000 218,000
14 4/28/18 Liga MX Chivas / Santos —; — Gala; 182000 182,000
15 4/29/18 Liga MX Veracruz / Cruz Azul —; — UDN; 178000 178,000
16 4/29/18 MLS Colorado Rapids / Orlando City SC ESPN; 173000 —; — 173,000
17 4/28/18 MLS Philadelphia Union / DC United UniMás; 148000 —; — 148,000
18 4/28/18 Liga MX Pachuca / Atlas —; — Gala; 67000 67,000

2018 MLS Average Viewing Audiences

ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1 Univision UniMás Overall
293,750 (8) 115,000 (1) 565,000 (1) 195,667 (6) 351,800 (5) 172,333 (3) 270,000 (24)

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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