Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 5-18, 2019

It was another disappointing couple of weeks for FOX Sports 1’s MLS coverage as they are averaging just 182,400 viewers through their first five broadcasts of the season despite frequently featuring some of the league’s most popular teams in each of their broadcasts this season. Overall, MLS has seen a 27% decrease in viewership to start 2019, going from 359,571 average viewers through the first three weeks of the new season in 2018 to just 263,091 average viewers in 2019.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday, March 10 averaged 1.68 million viewers across all platforms to rank as the second most-watched Premier League match in history on American television. The match saw approximately 7% of its audience watch via NBC Sports.com or the NBC Sports app. The match was far and away the Premier League’s most-watched match on television this season with a quarter of a million viewers separating it from the next most-watched game (Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea back in January).

Last Wednesday’s Copa MX quarterfinal meeting between Mexican giants Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara delivered 2019’s highest-rated soccer match on cable as 867,000 tuned in to the Univision Deportes Network for the telecast. Three days later on Saturday, the clubs met in the league to deliver the highest-rated soccer match across any network in 2019, averaging 1.5 million viewers on Univision.

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 Total
1 3/10 Premier League Arsenal / Man Utd NBC: 1280000 / Telemundo: 331000 1,611,000
2 3/16 Liga MX Clausura Chivas / Club América Univision: 1500000 1,500,000
3 3/12 UEFA Champions League RO16 Juventus / Atletico Madrid TNT: 408000 / UniMás: 525000 933,000
4 3/9 Liga MX Clausura Querétaro / Chivas Univision: 928000 928,000
5 3/9 Premier League Man City / Watford NBC: 818000 / Unvso: 62000 880,000
6 3/13 Copa MX Club América / Chivas UDN: 867000 867,000
7 3/6 UEFA Champions League RO16 PSG / Man Utd TNT: 413000 / UniMás: 334000 747,000
8 3/9 Liga MX Clausura Club América / Puebla Univision: 743000 743,000
9 3/17 Premier League Everton / Chelsea NBCSN: 479000 / Telemundo: 218000 697,000
10 3/16 Liga MX Clausura Cruz Azul / Pachuca Univision: 694000 694,000
11 3/5 UEFA Champions League RO16 Real Madrid / Ajax TNT: 291000 / UniMás: 393000 684,000
12 3/10 Premier League Chelsea / Wolves NBCSN: 459000 / Telemundo: 157000 616,000
13 3/13 UEFA Champions League RO16 Barcelona / Lyonnais UniMás: 562000 562,000
14 3/13 UEFA Champions League RO16 Bayern / Liverpool TNT: 454000 / Gala: 94000 548,000
15 3/17 Premier League Fulham / Liverpool NBCSN: 476000 / Unvso: 50000 526,000
16 3/10 Liga MX Clausura Pumas / Morelia Univision: 510000 510,000
17 3/9 Premier League Southampton / Spurs NBCSN: 421000 / Unvso: 56000 477,000
18 3/5 Liga MX Clausura Club América / Necaxa UDN: 422000 422,000
19 3/17 Liga MX Clausura Toluca / Atlas Univision: 397000 397,000
20 3/8 Liga MX Clausura Atlas / Cruz Azul UDN: 369000 369,000
21 3/10 MLS Atlanta United / FC Cincinnati ESPN: 354000 354,000
22 3/16 Premier League Burnley / Leicester City NBCSN: 325000 325,000
23 3/10 Premier League Liverpool / Burnley NBCSN: 298000 / Unvso: 24000 322,000
24 3/16 Liga MX Clausura Tigres / Querétaro Univision: 308000 308,000
25 3/6 CCL RO8 Monterrey / Atlanta United UDN: 287000 287,000
26 3/5 SheBelieves Cup USWNT / Brazil FS1: 278000 278,000
27 3/16 MLS New York Red Bulls / San Jose Earthquakes Univision: 274000 274,000
28 3/9 Premier League Crystal Palace / Brighton NBCSN: 270000 270,000
29 3/15 Liga MX Clausura Puebla / Pumas UDN: 257000 257,000
30 3/9 MLS FC Dallas / Los Angeles Galaxy Univision: 244000 244,000
31 3/17 Liga MX Clausura Santos / Necaxa UDN: 232000 232,000
32 3/17 Liga MX Clausura Club León / Veracruz UDN: 232000 232,000
33 3/10 MLS Los Angeles FC / Portland Timbers FS1: 221000 221,000
34 3/15 Liga MX Clausura Morelia / Lobos UDN: 203000 203,000
35 3/8 Liga MX Clausura Veracruz / Santos UDN: 179000 179,000
36 3/17 MLS Cincinnati / Portland Timbers FS1: 178000 178,000
37 3/5 CCL RO8 New York Red Bulls / Santos UDN: 173000 173,000
38 3/10 Liga MX Clausura Lobos / León UDN: 171000 171,000
39 3/9 Liga MX Clausura Pachuca / Tijuana UDN: 145000 145,000
40 3/17 MLS New York City FC / Los Angeles FC FS1: 140000 140,000
41 3/9 Bundesliga Bayern / Wolfsburg UDN: 118000 118,000
42 3/17 Bundesliga Bayern / Mainz UDN: 116000 116,000
43 3/14 Europa League RO16 Inter Milan / Frankfurt UniMás: 108000 108,000
44 3/7 Europa League RO16 Chelsea / Dynamo Kyiv UniMás: 96000 96,000
45 3/14 Europa League RO16 Dynamo Kyiv / Chelsea UniMás: 92000 92,000
46 3/6 CCL RO8 Independiente / Sporting KC UDN: 88000 88,000
47 3/14 Europa League RO16 Arsenal / Rennes Gala: 72000 72,000
48 3/6 UEFA Champions League RO16 FC Porto / Roma Gala: 70000 70,000
49 3/5 UEFA Champions League RO16 Dortmund / Spurs Gala: 68000 68,000
50 3/7 Europa League RO16 Frankfurt / Inter Milan UniMás: 61000 61,000
51 3/18 Liga MX Femenil Tigres / Santos UDN: 61000 61,000
52 3/7 Europa League RO16 Valenca / Krasnodar UDN: 50000 50,000
53 3/14 Europa League RO16 Slavia Praha / Sevilla UDN: 49000 49,000
54 3/9 Bundesliga Mainz / Mönchengladbach UDN: 45000 45,000
55 3/16 Premier League West Ham / Huddersfield Unvso: 43000 43,000
56 3/12 UEFA Champions League RO16 Man City / Schalke Gala: 42000 42,000
57 3/7 Europa League RO16 Rennes / Arsenal Gala: 34000 34,000
58 3/14 Europa League RO16 Krasnodar / Valencia UDN: 30000 30,000
59 3/16 Bundesliga Schalke / RB Leipzig UDN: 28000 28,000
60 3/7 Europa League RO16 Sevilla / Slavia Praha UDN: 23000 23,000
61 3/7 Europa League RO16 Napoli / Salzburg Gala: 22000 22,000
62 3/15 Bundesliga Mönchengladbach / Freiburg UDN: 21000 21,000
63 3/11 Bundesliga Düsseldorf / Frankufrt UDN: 5000 5,000
64 3/14 Europa League RO16 Salzburg / Napoli Gala: 4000 4,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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