Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 2-8, 2019

Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich-Dortmund broadcast on the over-the-air FOX network averaged 470,000 viewers last Saturday afternoon, up 33% from last year’s match, which also aired on FOX. It was FOX’s most-watched live television broadcast of a Bundesliga match since their current broadcast agreement began in 2015. An additional 105,000 viewers tuned into FOX Deportes’ Spanish-language broadcast of the match.

Also on FOX and airing immediately after the conclusion of Bayern-Borussia Dortmund, DC United and Los Angeles FC played before a network television audience of 341,000. This was a 40% drop in viewership compared to last season’s MLS portion of FOX’s Bundesliga/MLS doubleheader which averaged 565,000 viewers on FOX. Over on ESPN, FC Cincinnati and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw that produced a 22,000-viewer improvement over last week’s ESPN2 broadcast. MLS’ first 12 English-language broadcasts of the 2019 season are averaging 245,667 viewers.

So far this season, the viewing average for MLS games on the following broadcast channels is as follows:

• ESPN: 313,500
• FOX Sports: 288,200
• Univision Deportes: 258,176

FOX Deportes saw its second largest audience for a Liga MX match this year for its Saturday evening broadcast as 331,000 tuned in to see Club Tijuana defeat Club América. The most-viewed Liga MX match on FOX Deportes in 2019 also featured Club América, then taking on CF Monterrey to an US audience of 370,000.

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 Total
1 4/6 Liga MX Clausura Tigres / Pumas Univision: 977000 977,000
2 4/6 Liga MX Clausura Chivas / Lobos Univision: 892000 892,000
3 4/6 Bundesliga Bayern / Dortmund FOX: 470000 / FOXD: 105000 575,000
4 4/7 Premier League Everton / Arsenal NBCSN: 381000, Telemundo: 158000 539,000
5 4/7 Int’l Friendly (W) USWNT / Belgium ESPN2: 439000 439,000
6 4/6 Premier League Newcastle / Crystal Palace NBCSN: 325000, Universo: 33000 358,000
7 4/6 MLS DC United / Los Angeles FC FOX: 341000 341,000
8 4/6 Liga MX Clausura Tijuana / Club América FOXD: 331000 331,000
9 4/4 CCL Semi-Final Monterrey / Sporting Kansas City UDN: 298000 298,000
10 4/5 Liga MX Clausura Puebla / Morelia UDN: 296000 296,000
11 4/6 Liga MX Clausura Cruz Azul / Querétaro UDN: 294000 294,000
12 4/3 CCL Semi-Final Tigres / Santos UDN: 263000 263,000
13 4/5 Premier League Southampton / Liverpool NBCSN: 231000, Universo: 26000 257,000
14 4/8 Premier League Chelsea / West Ham NBCSN: 220000, Universo: 22000 242,000
15 4/7 MLS FC Cincinnati / Sporting KC ESPN: 239000 239,000
16 4/2 Premier League Wolves / Man Utd NBCSN: 211000 211,000
17 4/7 Liga MX Clausura Santos / Pachuca UDN: 209000 209,000
18 4/4 Int’l Friendly (W) USWNT / Australia FS1: 205000 205,000
19 4/5 Liga MX Clausura Veracruz / Atlas UDN: 190000 190,000
20 4/3 Premier League Spurs / Crystal Palace NBCSN: 181000 181,000
21 4/3 LaLiga Barcelona / Atleti beIN SPORTS: 146000 146,000
22 4/8 Liga MX Femenil Toluca / Pumas UDN: 80000 80,000
23 4/5 Bundesliga Mainz / Freiburg UDN: 32000 32,000
24 4/6 Bundesliga Schalke / Frankfurt UDN: 25000 25,000
25 4/6 Liga MX Femenil Club América / Veracruz UDN: 22000 22,000
26 4/7 Bundesliga Augsburg / Hoffenheim UDN: 11000 11,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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