Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 27-September 1, 2019

Last Sunday’s North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs averaged 1.056 million viewers across NBCSN and Telemundo, marking the fourth consecutive week that a Premier League match has drawn an audience larger than 1 million viewers. It was the second most-watched Premier League match on both NBCSN and Telemundo so far this season with Manchester United and Chelsea’s gameweek 1 match meeting topping the chart for both networks. Through the first four rounds of the 2019-2020 season, the Premier League is averaging 623,864 viewers per match, up 7% from the same time period last year. Seattle Sounders’ 2-2 draw with ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 20-26, 2019

During MLS Rivalry Week, Major League Soccer saw seven matches nationally televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1, with those matches averaging 209,571 viewers. English-language viewership peaked for the second match of ESPN’s Friday night doubleheader between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, which averaged 304,000 viewers. Viewership for the weekend reached its lowest point the following day on ESPN2 for the Hudson River Derby that only managed to average 110,000 viewers. Finally, on Sunday, FS1 aired a rare MLS tripleheader that averaged 167,333 viewers. The most-viewed match of the night, el Tráfico, was outdrawn on FS1’s sister network, FOX Deportes, with ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 14-19, 2019

Atlanta United’s 3-2 victory over Club America in the 2019 Campeones Cup was watched by a total of 1.54 million viewers on Wednesday across Univision, TUDN and ESPN2. This was a 28% increase in total television audience when compared to the first edition of the tournament featuring Toronto FC and Tigres. Earlier in the day, Univision saw a drop in its total share of UEFA Super Cup viewership as it moved from an all-Spanish contest to an all-English one. Spanish-language viewership dropped 28% down to just 505,000 viewers while the English-language broadcast on TNT rose 82% to 316,000 viewers. Total ... Read more

Premier League viewership grew by 74% in last decade on US TV

Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk went back through our archives to look at TV viewership numbers for ESPN2’s coverage of the Premier League during the 2009/2010 season to compare it to NBCSN’s TV viewing numbers for the Premier League. A lot has changed in a decade. We take a closer look at the numbers to see what they reveal. It’s been just over ten years since Fox Soccer Channel agreed to sublicense two Premier League games a weekend to ESPN2, a decision that in hindsight quickly elevated the exposure of the English top-flight division across the United States. This was ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-11, 2019

NBC’s coverage of the opening round of Premier League fixtures set records as NBCSN registered a Total Audience Delivery of 1.01 million viewers for Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, making it the most-watched opening weekend Premier League cable match ever in the United States. It was also the most-watched Premier League cable broadcast in over 4 years. Total Audience Delivery measures linear and digital viewing. Atlanta United’s 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy averaged 500,000 viewers on FOX earlier this month, up 26% from FOX’s Atlanta United broadcast back in May. Over on cable, however, MLS has suffered ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 9-31, 2019

Catching up on the last few weeks of soccer action on US television, the 2019 MLS All-Star Game averaged just 808,000 viewers across FOX Sports 1, UniMás and TUDN. Total viewership was down 15% from last year with English-language viewership at its lowest point since at least 2012. Only 182,000 watched FS1’s English broadcast of the match, down 60% from last year’s All-Star broadcast on ESPN and down 57% from 2017’s also on FS1. FOX Sports 1’s five MLS broadcasts in July averaged 201,200 viewers, up 27% from an average 157,846 viewers for the networks prior 13 broadcasts of 2019. ... Read more

USWNT TV ratings for 2015-19 averaged 929K on US English-language television

With the final TV numbers from the US Women’s National Team’s victory over the Netherlands at the Women’s World Cup now available, it’s time to take a look at the TV ratings for the full World Cup cycle for the USWNT, as we did several months ago for the USA men’s team. On a year to year basis, the USWNT TV ratings have been somewhat volatile. In 2015, the WNT averaged 2,522,400 viewers per game for 25 games (though the data included here only uses the last nine games of 2015, as that’s when the most recent cycle started). In ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 24-July 7, 2019

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup reached its conclusion on Sunday, breaking many records in the process particularly on the Spanish-language side. Sunday morning’s final delivered a total audience of 1.6 million viewers on Telemundo’s broadcast, making it the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup match in the history of Spanish-language television. The tournament, as a whole, also set a record for the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup ever on Spanish-language television, with Telemundo averaging 301,000 viewers per match across all of their platforms, a 27% increase from the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Over on FOX, the final saw a ... Read more