After the first 18 games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the soccer tournament is averaging 3.7 million viewers on US television across Spanish-language Telemundo and English-language FOX Sports combined.
That 3.7 million number doesn’t include the increasing number of people watching the World Cup on streaming (Telemundo Deportes en Vivo had 4.3 million livestreams for the Argentina-Croatia alone). Nor does the average include people who are watching the game out of the home (FOX had an out-of-home viewing number of more than 500,000 people for Russia-Saudi Arabia alone).
So far this tournament, Telemundo continues to generate more viewers for World Cup games than FOX Sports. Telemundo is averaging 1.921 million viewers compared to FOX Sports’ average of 1.920 million.
Here are the viewing numbers for the first 18 games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
|MATCH #||DATE & KICKOFF TIME||GAME||TELEMUNDO||FOX SPORTS||TOTAL|
|1||Thurs., June 14; 11am ET||Russia-Saudi Arabia||1,370,000||1,494,000||2,864,000|
|2||Fri., June 15, 8am ET||Egypt-Uruguay||1,190,000||903,000||2,093,000|
|3||Fri., June 15, 11am ET||Morocco-Iran||949,000||1,695,000||2,644,000|
|4||Fri., June 15, 2pm ET||Portugal-Spain||1,840,000||2,924,000||4,764,000|
|5||Sat., June 16, 6am ET||France-Australia||490,000||796000||1,286,000|
|6||Sat., June 16, 9am ET||Argentina-Iceland||2,210,000||2,973,000||5,183,000|
|7||Sat., June 16, Noon ET||Peru-Denmark||2,450,000||2001000||4,451,000|
|8||Sat., June 16, 3pm ET||Croatia-Nigeria||1,930,000||2178000||4,108,000|
|9||Sun., June 17, 8am ET||Costa Rica-Serbia||1,660,000||1826000||1,660,000|
|10||Sun., June 17, 11am ET||Mexico-Germany||7,120,000||4,002,000||11,122,000|
|11||Sun., June 17, 2pm ET||Brazil-Switzerland||4,350,000||4,086,000||8,436,000|
|12||Mon., June 18, 8am ET||Korea-Sweden||746,000||750000||1,496,000|
|13||Mon. June 18, 11am ET||Belgium-Panama||1,600,000||1364000||2,964,000|
|14||Mon., June 18, 2pm ET||England-Tunisia||1,430,000||1931000||3,361,000|
|15||Tues., June 19, 8am ET||Colombia-Japan||1,520,000||953000||2,473,000|
|16||Tues., June 19, 11am ET||Poland-Senegal||1,200,000||1647000||2,847,000|
|17||Tues., June 19, 2pm ET||Russia-Egypt||1,260,000||1957000||3,217,000|
|18||Weds., June 20, 8am ET||Portugal-Morocco||1,270,000||1082000||2,352,000|
Note that Telemundo is in more than 53 million homes in the United States. FOX Sports, who have been broadcasting games on the over-the-air FOX network and FS1, are in 116 million homes (FOX) and 84 million homes (FS1) respectively.