Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 7-12, 2019

The UEFA Champions League semifinals averaged 695,000 viewers on Univision, the largest average audience ever for a semifinal round on any network, regardless of language. Both legs of the Barcelona-Liverpool series now sit as the two most-watched UEFA Champions League semifinals of all time in the United States with Leg 1 on May 1 averaging a combined 1.424 million viewers and Leg 2 on May 7 averaging a combined 1.434 million viewers. Overall the semifinals averaged 1.241 million viewers across both TNT and Univision’s networks. The first round of the Liga MX Clausura Liguilla has concluded with Tigres, Monterrey, Club ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 16-29, 2019

Major League Soccer’s struggles on FS1 continued last week with Minnesota United’s 1-0 victory over DC United averaging just 91,000 viewers on the network. In 2019, this is the second time already that a MLS game on FOX Sports 1 has averaged fewer than 100,000 viewers. MLS matches on ESPN networks are averaging 256,333 while Univision is averaging 264,750 viewers for their broadcasts. With one round left in the Liga MX Clausura, ratings for matches on Univision’s flagship network are down 10% from the 2018 Clausura. Through 44 broadcasts in 2019, Liga MX Clausura matches on Univision are being watched ... Read more

MLS is a TV ratings disaster in New York City

Photo credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports In the same city that Major League Soccer calls home, which is also the number one TV market in the United States, MLS’s two teams in the New York region have been a TV ratings disaster. Despite the two MLS teams being accessible in more than 7.3 million homes in the New York area, TV ratings for nationally-televised games featuring New York City FC and New York Red Bulls have not “moved the needle” for the top-flight soccer league in the United States. Take a look at the recent regular season games that have ... Read more

USMNT viewing audiences for 2014-17 World Cup qualifying cycle

The decline in the TV ratings for the USMNT from year to year has been a reality check for many US soccer fans and the US Soccer Federation. The ratings in 2015 were down to 728,550 from an average of 4,306,933 in 2014, though somewhat understandably as there is always going to be a big drop-off after a World Cup year. In 2016, the numbers saw them go up to 965,842 as the Copa America Centenario was being played. But in 2017 it fell to 819,842 and then fell again in 2018 to a paltry 431,818 (failing to qualify for ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-15, 2019

MLS suffered its worst week on national television this season as last Sunday’s meeting between Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls was watched by just 90,000 people on FS1. Overall the three nationally broadcast matches across FS1, ESPN2, Univision and Univision Deportes averaged just 149,000 viewers, down significantly from the 258,176-average audience for MLS matches prior to this weekend. Liga MX dominated the American soccer airwaves again last weekend with two matches drawing audiences of at least 1.1 million. Club América’s 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul was the week’s most-watched match while Chivas de Guadalajara’s 1-0 defeat to ... Read more

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 ... Read more

MLS fails to close TV ratings gap with Premier League and Liga MX

As the popularity of Liga MX and the Premier League continue to grow in the United States based on the way both leagues monopolize the most-watched games on US TV each week, MLS is getting left behind. At World Soccer Talk, we analyzed all of the TV ratings data for 2018 to see how the three most popular soccer leagues performed. We went ahead and made it a direct comparison by only including the TV viewing numbers for the length of the MLS season to see how they did head-to-head. Let’s look at the total TV audience numbers: League 2016 ... Read more