Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 15-20, 2018

Last Saturday’s Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal drew a combined 1.167 million viewers on NBC and Universo, making it the most-watched soccer match on American television since the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Through the first two rounds, the Premier League is averaging 587,500 viewers, up slightly from 578,250 in the first two rounds of the 2017-18 season.

The UEFA Super Cup averaged 871,000 viewers across TNT and Univision’s networks. The English-language viewership dropped considerably from 315,000 on FOX Sports 1 last season to just 173,000 viewers for TNT’s first UEFA broadcast. Meanwhile for Univision, the 698,000 viewers far exceed any UEFA Champions League match on FOX Deportes last season.

Liga MX finally broke the 1 million viewer barrier for the 2018 Apertura on Saturday with a total of 1.02 million viewers watching one of three matches airing in the 10PM Eastern Time window. Querétaro and Club América played to a 1-1 draw on Univision which held the largest share of the audience while an additional 158,000 and 66,000 viewers watched matches on FOX Deportes and Univision Deportes.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 15-20, 2018:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 Total
1 8/18 Premier League Chelsea / Arsenal NBC: 1073000 / Unvso: 94000 1,167,000
2 8/19 Premier League Brighton / Man Utd NBCSN: 576000 / Telemundo: 353000 929,000
3 8/15 UEFA Super Cup Real Madrid / Atlético Madrid TNT: 173000 / Univision: 698000 871,000
4 8/18 Liga MX Querétaro / América Univision: 796000 / —: — 796,000
5 8/18 Premier League Fulham / Spurs NBCSN: 426000 / Unvso: 32000 458,000
6 8/18 Liga MX Pachuca / Lobos Univision: 448000 / —: — 448,000
7 8/19 Premier League Man City / Huddersfield NBCSN: 313000 / Telemundo: 133000 446,000
8 8/19 Liga MX Toluca / Tijuana Univision: 355000 / —: — 355,000
9 8/19 Liga MX Santos / Tigres —: — / UDN: 340000 340,000
10 8/18 Liga MX Cruz Azul / León —: — / UDN: 267000 267,000
11 8/20 Premier League Crystal Palace / Liverpool NBCSN: 245000 / —: — 245,000
12 8/18 MLS Seattle Sounders / Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN: 239000 / ESPND: — 239,000
13 8/17 Liga MX Atlas / Morelia —: — / UDN: 222000 222,000
14 8/17 Liga MX Veracruz / Chivas —: — / UDN: 215000 215,000
15 8/18 Premier League Cardiff / Newcastle NBCSN: 196000 / —: — 196,000
16 8/18 Liga MX Monterrey / Pumas FS2: — / FOXD: 158000 158,000
17 8/18 Liga MX Necaxa / Puebla —: — / UDN: 66000 66,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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