Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 22-September 2, 2018

The Bundesliga’s opening round matchup between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig averaged 395,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network making it the most-watched Bundesliga match on an English-language network since November 19, 2016 when Borussia Dortmund faced Bayern Munich, also on FOX.

Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle was watched by 870,000 viewers on NBC, down slightly from 876,000 for NBC’s corresponding matchup last season but up from 831,000 viewers for Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Brighton one week earlier. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Premier League on NBC is averaging 892,000 viewers.

ESPN’s August 26th MLS broadcast featuring Orlando City and Atlanta United drew 305,000 viewers, making it the most-watched regular season match on cable since May 5 when ESPN broadcast the Hudson River Derby to 334,000 average viewers.

FOX Sports 1 continues to struggle with their MLS broadcasts, with last Sunday’s game between Wayne Rooney’s DC United and the popular Atlanta United only drawing 155,000 viewers to the network. MLS broadcasts on FS1 have so far failed to break the 300,000-viewer mark in the 2018 season. FS1 accomplished this feat three times last season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 22-September 2, 2018:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 Total
1 8/25 Liga MX América / Pumas Univision: 600000 / UDN: 332000 932,000
2 9/1 Premier League Man City / Newcastle NBC: 870000 / Unvso: 870,000
3 8/25 Premier League Liverpool / Brighton NBC: 831000 / Unvso: 35000 866,000
4 9/1 Liga MX Chivas / Pachuca Univision: 865000 / —: — 865,000
5 8/26 Premier League Newcastle / Chelsea NBCSN: 535000 / Telemundo: 277000 812,000
6 8/25 Premier League Arsenal / West Ham NBCSN: 537000 / Unvso: 70000 607,000
7 9/1 Liga MX Tigres / Atlas Univision: 571000 / —: — 571,000
8 8/26 Liga MX Santos / Cruz Azul —: — / UDN: 564000 564,000
9 8/24 Liga MX Atlas / Chivas UniMás: 534000 / —: — 534,000
10 8/25 Liga MX Necaxa / Tigres Univision: 495000 / —: — 495,000
11 9/2 Premier League Man Utd / Burnley NBCSN: 495000 / Telemundo: 495,000
12 8/26 Bundesliga Dortmund / Stuttgart FOX: 395000 / UDN: 33000 428,000
13 9/2 Liga MX Toluca / Santos Univision: 425000 / —: — 425,000
14 8/27 Premier League Man Utd / Spurs NBCSN: 395000 / Unvso: 17000 412,000
15 8/22 Liga MX León / América UniMás: 396000 / —: — 396,000
16 8/25 Premier League Wolves / Man City NBCSN: 334000 / Unvso: 19000 353,000
17 9/1 Premier League Chelsea / Bournemouth NBCSN: 353000 / Unvso: 353,000
18 9/1 Premier League Leicetser City / Liverpool NBCSN: 351000 / Unvso: 351,000
19 9/2 Premier League Cardiff / Arsenal NBCSN: 349000 / —: — 349,000
20 8/24 MLS Orlando City SC / Atlanta United ESPN: 305000 / ESPND: — 305,000
21 9/1 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Veracruz —: — / UDN: 303000 303,000
22 9/2 Liga MX Lobos / América —: — / UDN: 284000 284,000
23 8/31 Liga MX Puebla / Monterrey —: — / UDN: 276000 276,000
24 8/22 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Toluca —: — / UDN: 273000 273,000
25 8/24 MLS Los Angeles Galaxy / Los Angeles FC ESPN: 257000 / ESPND: — 257,000
26 8/25 Liga MX Pachuca / Puebla —: — / UDN: 249000 249,000
27 8/23 MLS Houston Dynamo / FC Dallas UniMás: 244000 / UDN: — 244,000
28 8/31 Int’l Friendly (W) USWNT / Chile ESPN2: 236000 / —: — 236,000
29 8/26 MLS Portland Timbers / Seattle Sounders FS1: 235000 / FOXD: — 235,000
30 8/26 Premier League Watford / Crystal Palace NBCSN: 232000 / —: — 232,000
31 8/26 Liga MX Toluca / León —: — / UDN: 229000 229,000
32 8/31 Liga MX Morelia / Querétaro —: — / UDN: 225000 225,000
33 8/25 Serie A Juventus / Lazio ESPN2: 210000 / ESPND: — 210,000
34 9/1 MLS Seattle Sounders / Sporting Kansas City UniMás: 102000 / UDN: 94000 196,000
35 8/22 Liga MX Tigres / Veracruz —: — / UDN: 190000 190,000
36 8/25 Liga MX Monterrey / Morelia FS2: — / FOXD: 171000 171,000
37 8/26 MLS New York Red Bulls / DC United FS1: 168000 / FOXD: — 168,000
38 9/2 MLS DC United / Atlanta United FS1: 155000 / FOXD: — 155,000
39 8/22 UEFA Champions League Ajax / Dynamo Kyiv TNT: 109000 / UDN: ? 109,000
40 8/22 Liga MX Tijuana / Santos FS1: ? / FOXD: 104000 104,000
41 8/24 Bundesliga Bayern / Hoffenheim FS1: 97000 / FOXD: — 97,000
42 8/29 UEFA Champions League PSV Eindhoven / BATE Borisov —: — / UDN: 88000 88,000
43 8/28 UEFA Champions League Dynamo Kyiv / Ajax TNT: ? / UDN: 65000 65,000
44 8/22 Liga MX Lobos / Monterrey —: — / Gala: 59000 59,000
45 9/1 Liga MX León / Pumas —: — / Gala: 53000 53,000
46 9/1 Bundesliga Stuttgart / Bayern FS2: ? / UDN: 51000 51,000
47 9/1 Bundesliga Leverkusen / Wolfsburg FS1: ? / UDN: 38000 38,000
48 8/25 Bundesliga Wolfsburg / Schalke FS1: — / UDN: 33000 33,000
49 8/30 CONCACAF League Walter Ferreti / Tauro —: — / UDN: 31000 31,000
50 8/30 CONCACAF League Portmore United / Motagua —: — / UDN: 29000 29,000
51 8/25 Bundesliga Mönchengladbach / Leverkusen FS1: — / UDN: 18000 18,000
52 8/31 Bundesliga Hannover / Dortmund FS1: ? / UDN: 17000 17,000
53 8/29 UEFA Champions League PAOK / Benfica TNT: ? / Gala: 12000 12,000
54 8/22 UEFA Champions League Young Boys / Dinamo Zagreb —: — / Gala: 11000 11,000
55 8/28 UEFA Champions League Dinamo Zagreb / Young Boys —: — / Gala: 9000 9,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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