Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 1-14, 2019

The Premier League saw two matches break the one million viewer mark this past weekend. Sunday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United was NBCSN’s most-watched Premier League match since the Manchester Derby of December 2017 with a total audience delivery of 947,000 viewers. The match averaged 876,000 of those viewers through the linear NBCSN on cable. Telemundo averaged an additional 232,000 viewers for the Spanish-language broadcast to bring the total linear audience to 1.108 million. The Premier League is averaging 495,727 viewers in the first two weeks of the new year, down 13% from the first two weeks of ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 18-30, 2018

Real Madrid lifted their fourth FIFA Club World Cup trophy this December, making them the most successful club in the tournament’s history. The 8-match tournament averaged 129,125 viewers on Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Universo. Viewership peaked at 316,000 for the final between European champions Real Madrid and Al-Ain who represented the host nation United Arab Emirates as victors of the UAE Pro-League. Viewership was down 28% from Telemundo’s first Club World Cup Final broadcast in 2017 that saw Real Madrid defeat South American champions Grêmio. NBCSN’s Premier League Matches on December 26 delivered the most-watched non-weekend/holiday observed viewership for Boxing ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 11-16, 2018

The conclusion to the 2018 Liga MX Apertura totaled 4.8 million viewers across both legs on Univision and Univision Deportes. The Gran Final saw Club América win their 13th league title, defeating Cruz Azul 2-0 on aggregate. Viewership was up 28% from the 2018 Clausura Final matches in May of this year and up a slim 50,000 viewers when compared to the 2017 Apertura Final. Club América’s women’s side also lifted a trophy this past weekend after defeating Pumas on penalty kicks to win the Liga MX Femenil Apertura before an audience of 178,000 on Univision Deportes. The Premier League ... Read more

Liga MX dominates US with 4.8 million viewers for América-Cruz Azul final on Univision

Liga MX’s domination on United States television continues this week with the news that 4.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Club América win the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Final 2-0 on aggregate over two legs. The first leg of the series, which aired Thursday, December 13, averaged 2.3 million viewers, ended in a 0-0 tie. In the second leg, played on Sunday night, the Liga MX Gran Final championship series between powerhouses Club América and Cruz Azul was the most-watched Liga MX match of 2018, averaging 2.5 million viewers for a combined total of 4.8 million viewers across both ... Read more

USWNT TV viewership declines 20% in 2018

Photo credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports It’s been an ugly year across the board for US Soccer. Attendance is down for the USMNT and USWNT, while TV ratings dropped sharply for the US men’s team. As it turns out TV viewership dropped for the US Women’s National Team as well, though not as sharply as with the men. 2018 USWNT TV Viewership: USA vs. Denmark – 1/21 – Friendly – ESPN – 304,000 viewers USA vs. Germany – 3/1 – She Believes Cup – ESPN2 – 354,000 USA vs. France – 3/4 – She Believes Cup – ESPN2 – 397,000 ... Read more

USMNT TV ratings sink 47% in bleak 2018 for US Soccer Federation

Photo credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Missing the World Cup was a disaster for the USMNT in a variety of ways. Attendance and fan enthusiasm bottomed out as the US posted its worst average home attendance in twelve years. But nowhere was it bleaker than on television. The World Cup is one of those rare times when millions of people are tuned in to watch the US play, but they didn’t have that this year. At the four games at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the US averaged 14,256,250 per game (overall in 2014 the average viewership was ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 5-10, 2018

This past week saw eight soccer matches break 1 million viewers on television in the United States. It all started last Thursday evening with the first leg of the Liga MX Liguilla Semifinal between Pumas and Club América, which averaged 1.8 million viewers across Univision’s networks and tied with the reverse fixture three days later to close out the series and see Club América off to the Finals. The Liga MX Semifinals also saw a third match break a million as the second leg of the Cruz Azul/Monterrey series averaged 1.5 million viewers. The MLS Cup Final between Atlanta United ... Read more

Historic River-Boca final watched by 1.15 million viewers on US TV

Sunday’s second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores Final averaged 1.15 million viewers on U.S. television across FOX Deportes and Telemundo combined in an enthralling game that was won by River Plate 5-3 on aggregate against Boca Juniors. FOX Sports had the US rights to the game in both English and Spanish, but in an interesting turn of events, FOX decided to broadcast the game on FOX Deportes and to also sub-license the rights to Telemundo, thus creating the rare chance of seeing one game on two completely separate Spanish-language networks. FOX Sports resisted the temptation to broadcast the game ... Read more