Author: Collin Werner

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 21-December 3, 2017

Liga MX’s Liguilla has nearly come to an end, averaging 1.051 million viewers per match through the semi-final round. Single-match viewership peaked in the quarter-final round as 2.174 million viewers tuned in as Club América closed out the aggregate 0-0 series to advance and to face Tigres in the semi-finals via the high seed tiebreaker. Club América’s semi-final series against Tigres averaged 1.785 million viewers despite América being demolished 4-0 on aggregate. When compared to the 2016 Apertura, Liguilla viewership is down 31% on Univision’s networks with Chivas de Guadalajara’s failure to qualify for the Liguilla likely playing a large ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 9-19, 2017

November 18th’s late kickoff between Manchester United and Newcastle United drew 837,000 viewers to NBC, the network’s largest audience for a Premier League match since September 9 when 876,000 viewers tuned in as Manchester United and Stoke City played to a 2-2 draw. The match ranked as NBC’s fourth most-viewed of the season thus far. The only Premier League match to break 1 million viewers on NBC this season came early in the season and again featured Manchester United as they took on Leicester City back on August 26. The USMNT’s friendly match against Portugal was watched by a total ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 31-November 5, 2017

The 2017 MLS Conference Semi-Final second leg’s averaged 262,500 viewers, up 10% from an average of 238,750 viewers for the first leg matches and up 20% from 219,250 for the 2016’s Conference semi-final second legs. Overall MLS Cup Playoff viewership is up around 13% from 2016 and up just 584 viewers from an average of 266,833 in 2015. For the third consecutive week, Club América’s Liga MX game on Univision was the most-watched soccer game in the United States, last week drawing 1.14 million viewers as they took on Puebla. For Univision, it was also their fourth consecutive week with ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 25-31, 2017

Viewership for the MLS Knockout Round was up slightly from 2016 with an average of 301,000 viewers for the four matches across UniMás, UDN, ESPN2 and FS1. Viewership peaked for October 26th’s early match between expansion side Atlanta United and MLS original Columbus Crew, averaging a combined 577,000 on ESPN2 and UniMás and beating out last season’s top match of the knockout round by 114,000 viewers. Last week also saw play from the first legs of the four MLS Conference Semi-Final matchups. English-language viewership was up nearly 24% from 2016 and 16% from 2015. Again, the match featuring Columbus Crew ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 13-22, 2017

The LigaMX Super Clásico match between Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara was unsurprisingly the most-watched soccer match in the United States over the last two weeks. The game drew 1.92 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, equaling the total viewership from the same matchup in the 2016 Apertura one year ago, but down 21% from the two clubs’ meeting in February 2017. Chivas de Guadalajara was also involved in the other match to draw an audience larger than 1 million viewers as they took on Monarcas Morelia. Chivas have now been involved in four of the top five ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017

The United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 victory over Panama in the penultimate round of the “Hex” last Friday was the most-watched soccer match of the week as 1.152 million viewers tuned into the English-language broadcast on ESPN2 and another 1.5 million watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts. The United States’ final match against Trinidad and Tobago, which saw them eliminated from the competition, was seen by 620,000 as the match was only made available on the less popular beIN Sports in English and NBC’s Universo in Spanish. Falling just short of the United States’ match against Panama was Honduras’ World Cup ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 1, 2017

Club América’s 2-1 victory over Toluca was the most-watched soccer match of last week with 955,000 viewers tuning in across Univision and Univision Deportes. It was also the most-watched Liga MX match since Club América took on Veracruz on September 9 in the same timeslot. Overall, Liga MX viewership is down over 40% when compared to the first 11 match days of the 2017 Clasura and down 32% compared to the 2016 Apertura. Total viewership has also seen a drop, though not as large, down 29% from the 2017 Clasura and down 18% from the 2016 Apertura. Things are looking ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 19-24, 2017

Similar to last season, the FOX over-the-air network aired an NFL/MLS doubleheader for the final MLS broadcast on FOX in 2017. Last weekend, FOX drew a combined average of 1.35 million viewers for the MLS broadcasts, up 4% from 1.298 million in 2016. MLS games on the FOX broadcast network overall, however, have experienced a 5% drop in viewership when compared to 2016. Despite the success of FOX’s NFL/MLS doubleheader, fall ratings continue to struggle on all the league’s partner networks. New York City FC’s match against the Houston Dynamo Saturday drew only 134,000 viewers combined across UniMás and Univision ... Read more