Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 18-30, 2018

Real Madrid lifted their fourth FIFA Club World Cup trophy this December, making them the most successful club in the tournament’s history. The 8-match tournament averaged 129,125 viewers on Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Universo. Viewership peaked at 316,000 for the final between European champions Real Madrid and Al-Ain who represented the host nation United Arab Emirates as victors of the UAE Pro-League. Viewership was down 28% from Telemundo’s first Club World Cup Final broadcast in 2017 that saw Real Madrid defeat South American champions Grêmio.

NBCSN’s Premier League Matches on December 26 delivered the most-watched non-weekend/holiday observed viewership for Boxing Day since 2013, posting an audience average of 385,000 viewers, up 6% from 2017. NBCSN’s largest Boxing Day audience came with the 10AM kickoff between top of the league Liverpool and struggling Newcastle United averaging 480,000 viewers on NBCSN with an additional 55,000 watching in Spanish on Universo.

Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Sampdoria early on the morning of December 29 delivered 77,000 viewers on ESPN2, the first viewership number we’ve been able to see for Serie A since Juventus defeated Inter Milan before 105,000 on December 7.

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 Total
1 12/29 Premier League Liverpool / Arsenal NBC: 935000 / Unvso: 116000 1,051,000
2 12/22 Premier League Cardiff / Man Utd NBC: 964000 / Unvso: 29000 993,000
3 12/30 Premier League Man Utd / Bournemouth NBCSN: 563000 / Telemundo: 259000 822,000
4 12/26 Premier League Liverpool / Newcastle NBCSN: 480000 / Unvso: 55000 535,000
5 12/22 Premier League Crystal Palace / Man City NBCSN: 473000 473,000
6 12/29 Premier League Spurs / Wolves NBCSN: 465000 465,000
7 12/26 Premier League Brighton / Arsenal NBCSN: 440000 440,000
8 12/30 Premier League Southampton / Man City NBCSN: 361000 / Unvso: 68000 429,000
9 12/23 Premier League Everton / Spurs NBCSN: 409000 409,000
10 12/26 Premier League Watford / Chelsea NBCSN: 409000 409,000
11 12/22 FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid / Al Ain Telemundo: 316000 316,000
12 12/21 Premier League Wolves / Liverpool NBCSN: 222000 / Unvso: 23000 245,000
13 12/19 FIFA Club World Cup Kashima Antlers / Real Madrid Telemundo: 237000 237,000
14 12/22 Premier League Arsenal / Burnley NBCSN: 237000 237,000
15 12/18 FIFA Club World Cup ES Tunis / Chivas Unvso: 185000 185,000
16 12/22 Premier League Chelsea / Leicester CNBC: 153000 153,000
17 12/30 Premier League Crystal Palace / Chelsea NBCSN: 139000 139,000
18 12/19 Bundesliga Bayern / Leipzig FS1: 108000 / UDN: 28000 136,000
19 12/21 Bundesliga Dortmund / Mönchengladbach FS1: 81000 / UDN: 26000 107,000
20 12/26 Premier League Fulham / Wolves NBCSN: 101000 101,000
21 12/18 Bundesliga Düsseldorf / Dortmund FS1: 85000 85,000
22 12/29 Friendly Club América / Santos UDN: 85000 85,000
23 12/29 Serie A Juventus / Sampdoria ESPN2: 77000 77,000
24 12/22 FIFA Club World Cup Kashima Antlers / River Plate Unvso: 36000 36,000
25 12/18 FIFA Club World Cup River Plate / Al Ain Telemundo: 32000 32,000
26 12/19 Bundesliga Schalke / Leverkusen UDN: 21000 21,000
27 12/23 Bundesliga Augsburg / Wolfsburg UDN: 18000 18,000
28 12/22 Bundesliga Leverkusen / Hertha UDN: 13000 13,000
29 12/18 Bundesliga Hertha / Augsburg UDN: 7000 7,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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