Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 15-26, 2019

It was another disappointing weekend for MLS yet again on television with Univision delivering their three least-watched MLS broadcasts of the season so far. Friday saw a double-header on UniMás featuring two of the leagues more popular clubs in Los Angeles Galaxy and Atlanta United with both matches failing to draw more than 200,000 viewers — averaging just 183,500 between them. Saturday afternoon saw just 214,000 viewers tune in to watch Chicago Fire take on New York City FC on Univision’s flagship over-the-air network. A FIFA U-20 World Cup match between Argentina and South Africa kicked off on Telemundo just one hour before Univision’s broadcast drawing a larger audience of 228,000.

The FIFA Under 20 World Cup began last week with Spanish language coverage averaging 165,125 viewers for the opening round of fixtures on Telemundo and Universo. Viewership peaked at noon on Sunday as Senegal defeated Colombia 2-0 in front of an American television audience of 404,000 viewers. The United States opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Ukraine watched by 154,000 people on FOX Sports 1 with an additional 67,000 on Universo. Telemundo’s four matches broadcast over the air last weekend averaged 284,500 viewers. Viewing numbers for FOX Sports were not available.

FOX’s fourth and final Bundesliga over-the-air broadcast of the season featured Bayern Munich defeating Eintracht Frankfurt to win their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title. The broadcast was watched by 413,000 viewers, bringing FOX over-the-air’s average Bundesliga audience for the 2018-19 season to 406,500.

Rank Date Competition Teams Network Total
1 5/26 Liga MX Clausura Final Club León / Tigres Univision: 1900000 1,900,000
2 5/23 Liga MX Clausura Final Tigres / Club León Univision: 1828000 1,828,000
3 5/16 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla Club América / Club León Univision: 1700000 1,700,000
4 5/18 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla Tigres / Monterrey Univision: 1300000 1,300,000
5 5/19 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla León / Club América Univision: 1200000 1,200,000
6 5/15 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla Monterrey / Tigres FOXD: 587000 587,000
7 5/18 Bundesliga Bayern / Frankfurt FOX: 413000 413,000
8 5/26 FIFA U20 World Cup Senegal U20 / Colombia U20 Telemundo: 404000 404,000
9 5/18 MLS San Jose Earthquakes / Chicago Fire Univision: 345000 345,000
10 5/26 FIFA U20 World Cup Mexico U20 / Japan U20 Telemundo: 261000 261,000
11 5/16 Int’l Friendly (W) USWNT / New Zealand ESPN2: 261000 261,000
12 5/23 FIFA U20 World Cup Mexico U20 / Italy U20 Telemundo: 245000 245,000
13 5/25 FIFA U20 World Cup Argentina U20 / South Africa U20 Telemundo: 228000 228,000
14 5/24 FIFA U20 World Cup Ukraine U20 / USA U20 FS1: 154000 / Unvso: 67000 221,000
15 5/25 MLS Chicago Fire / New York City FC Univision: 214000 214,000
16 5/24 MLS Real Salt Lake / Atlanta United UniMás: 195000 195,000
17 5/26 MLS Sporting Kansas City / Seattle Sounders FS1: 182000 182,000
18 5/24 MLS Orlando City SC / Los Angeles Galaxy UniMás: 172000 172,000
19 5/19 MLS New York Red Bulls / Atlanta United FS1: 147000 147,000
20 5/16 MLS Los Angeles FC / FC Dallas ESPN2: 112000 112,000
21 5/15 Coppa Italia Final Lazio / Atalanta ESPN2: 98000 98,000
22 5/15 DFL Pokal Final Bayern Munich / RB Leipzig ESPNEWS: 79000 79,000
23 5/22 Friendly Minnesota United / Hertha Berlin UDN: 56000 56,000
24 5/23 FIFA U20 World Cup Poland U20 / Colombia U20 Unvso: 48000 48,000
25 5/18 Int’l Friendly (W) Canada / Mexico UDN: 46000 46,000
26 5/25 FIFA U20 World Cup Panama U20 / Mali U20 Unvso: 39000 39,000
27 5/24 FIFA U20 World Cup Honduras U20 / New Zealand U20 Unvso: 29000 29,000
28 5/18 Bundesliga Werder Bremen / RB Leipzig UDN: 27000 27,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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