Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 30-May 6, 2019

Univision’s telecast of the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Liverpool ranked as the most-watched UCL semifinal match ever on any network in the United States with an average audience of 763,000 on Univision’s networks. TNT contributed an additional 635,000 viewers to bring the total up to 1.398 million viewers. Overall, the match ranks as the third most-viewed club soccer match on American television this year behind March’s meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United (1.611 million) and Club América vs. Chivas de Guadalajara (1.5 million).

The Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 victory over FC Dallas in the Texas Derby last Saturday was watched by 345,000 people on Univision and Univision Deportes, giving Univision its largest audience for an MLS match since opening day. Through nine broadcasts in 2019, MLS is averaging 273,667 viewers on Univision’s networks. ESPN improved their average audience slightly to 256,700 viewers while FS1 saw another drop down to 153,900 viewers per match.

The Liga MX Clausura reached its conclusion last weekend with Tigres and Chivas winning the most viewers at 865,000. The 47 Liga MX matches broadcast on Univision’s flagship network averaged 801,130 viewers, down 10% from nearly 900,000 on average in 2018’s Clausura. Matches broadcast exclusively on Univision’s cable network Univision Deportes Network saw an even steeper drop going from 328,089 in 2018 to 224,901 in 2019, a drop of 31.45%.

Rank Date Competition Teams Network Total
1 5/1 UCL Semi-Final Barcelona / Liverpool TNT: 635000 / Univision: 763000 1,398,000
2 4/30 UCL Semi-Final Spurs / Ajax TNT: 418000 / Univision: 597000 1,015,000
3 5/1 CCL Final Monterrey / Tigres UniMás: 932000 932,000
4 5/4 Liga MX Clausura Tigres / Chivas Univision: 865000 865,000
5 5/4 Premier League Cardiff / Crystal Palace NBC: 764000 764,000
6 5/3 Liga MX Clausura Veracruz / Club América UniMás: 567000 567,000
7 5/4 Premier League Newcastle / Liverpool NBCSN: 538000 538,000
8 5/5 Premier League Arsenal / Brighton NBCSN: 465000 465,000
9 5/5 Liga MX Clausura Toluca / Lobos Univision: 406000 406,000
10 5/4 Premier League Wolves / Fulham NBCSN: 384000 384,000
11 5/5 Premier League Huddersfield / Man Utd NBCSN: 370000 370,000
12 5/4 MLS Houston Dynamo / FC Dallas Univision: 345000 345,000
13 5/6 Premier League Man City / Leicester City NBCSN: 295000 295,000
14 5/4 MLS New York Red Bulls / Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN: 260000 260,000
15 5/4 Liga MX Clausura Cruz Azul / Morelia UDN: 243000 243,000
16 5/4 Premier League Bournemouth / Spurs NBCSN: 228000 228,000
17 5/5 Liga MX Clausura Santos / Pumas UDN: 176000 176,000
18 5/2 UEL Semi-Final Arsenal / Valencia UniMás: 163000 163,000
19 5/3 Premier League Everton / Burnley NBCSN: 147000 147,000
20 5/4 Liga MX Clausura Tijuana / Puebla FOXD: 147000 147,000
21 5/5 MLS Sporting KC / Atlanta United FS1: 144000 144,000
22 5/5 Liga MX Clausura Atlas / Monterrey UDN: 141000 141,000
23 5/4 Liga MX Clausura Necaxa / Querétaro UDN: 131000 131,000
24 5/5 Premier League Chelsea / Watford CNBC: 115000 115,000
25 5/4 Bundesliga Bremen / Dortmund UDN: 114000 114,000
26 5/2 UEL Semi-Final Frankfurt / Chelsea UDN: 96000 96,000
27 5/4 Liga MX Clausura León / Pachuca Gala: 48000 48,000
28 5/3 Bundesliga Mainz / Leipzig UDN: 14000 14,000
29 5/4 Bundesliga Mönchengladbach / Hoffenheim UDN: 14000 14,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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