Mexico’s second round victory over Korea drew a combined 11.037 million viewers to FOX and Telemundo, making it the most-watched match of the World Cup thus far. It was also Telemundo’s most-watched match with 6.6 million viewers tuning in to their coverage.
Germany’s comeback victory over Sweden surpassed FOX’s previous high for viewership, drawing 5.397 million viewers to the English-language broadcast. This represents an increase of over 1 million viewers from FOX’s highest viewed game in round 1 between Brazil and Switzerland.
Overall, the second round of World Cup games saw a 15.43% increase in viewership with FOX Sports making up a large majority of the increase seeing viewership rise on their networks by 25%. Telemundo saw just a 6% increase from their first-round coverage.
FOX’s Major League Soccer broadcast directly following Poland’s World Cup match against Colombia was easily the highest rated match so far this season with 1.074 million viewers tuning in. It was also FOX’s highest-rated MLS broadcast ever for a game not attached to an NFL broadcast.
Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 20-24, 2018:
|1||6/23/18||World Cup||Korea / Mexico||FOX; 4437000||Telemundo; 6600000||11,037,000|
|2||6/23/18||World Cup||Germany / Sweden||FOX; 5397000||Telemundo; 3430000||8,827,000|
|3||6/24/18||World Cup||Poland / Colombia||FOX; 4384000||Telemundo; 3540000||7,924,000|
|4||6/24/18||World Cup||Japan / Senegal||FOX; 3505000||Telemundo; 2380000||5,885,000|
|5||6/21/18||World Cup||Argentina / Croatia||FOX; 2560000||Telemundo; 2030000||4,590,000|
|6||6/21/18||World Cup||France / Peru||FOX; 1930000||Telemundo; 1950000||3,880,000|
|7||6/20/18||World Cup||Iran / Spain||FOX; 2240000||Telemundo; 1630000||3,870,000|
|8||6/22/18||World Cup||Serbia / Switzerland||FOX; 2310000||Telemundo; 1410000||3,720,000|
|9||6/22/18||World Cup||Nigeria / Iceland||FOX; 2240000||Telemundo; 1340000||3,580,000|
|10||6/24/18||World Cup||England / Panama||FS1; 1623000||Telemundo; 1510000||3,133,000|
|11||6/23/18||World Cup||Belgium / Tunisia||FOX; 1861000||Telemundo; 1270000||3,131,000|
|12||6/20/18||World Cup||Uruguay / Saudi Arabia||FOX; 1560000||Telemundo; 1390000||2,950,000|
|13||6/22/18||World Cup||Brazil / Costa Rica||FS1; 1215000||Telemundo; 1560000||2,775,000|
|14||6/20/18||World Cup||Portugal / Morocco||FS1; 1082000||Telemundo; 1270000||2,352,000|
|15||6/21/18||World Cup||Denmark / Australia||FS1; 854000||Telemundo; 913000||1,767,000|
|16||6/24/18||MLS||Atlanta United / Portland Timbers||FOX; 1074000||FOXD; —||1,074,000|