Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 26 to March 4, 2019

MLS’s opening weekend viewership dropped 7% compared to last season with last weekend’s five nationally broadcast games collectively averaging just 296,600 viewers, down from 318,250 for four national broadcasts to open the 2018 season. Univision saw the largest drop in viewership, with their first MLS broadcast of 2019 down over 24% from 2018. With the increase of four to five nationally-televised games, total viewership for the opening weekend saw a 16.5% increase helped by the addition of another broadcast on ESPN Sunday night. A disappointing SheBelieves Cup for the United States Women’s National Team on the field was still a ... Read more

MLS begins 2019 season with disappointing TV ratings on ESPN, FS1 and Univision

Major League Soccer has kicked off 2019 right where it finished the 2018 regular season with disappointing TV viewing numbers on English-language television across both ESPN and FOX Sports, and a surprising drop in viewership on the Spanish-language Univision Deportes. Compared to the 2018 opening weekend, the viewing numbers for the nationally televised games this past weekend were: • Down 24% on Univision for Orlando-New York City, • Down 13% on ESPN for DC United-Atlanta United, • Up just 6% for LA Galaxy-Chicago and Seattle-Cincinnati on FS1. While the 6% increase on FS1 might seem positive, the average of 186,000 for both games ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 18-24, 2019

The first legs of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 games last week averaged 822,750 viewers across all networks. Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts accounted for 54% of the viewership with 443,000 average viewers, while TNT’s English-language broadcasts averaged 379,750 viewers. First leg viewership peaked on Tuesday with 510,000 viewers watching Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich on TNT and Galavision. At the same time, an additional 376,000 watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast of Barcelona’s match against Olympique Lyonnais on UniMás and Univision Deportes. Closer to home, Univision Deportes Network averaged just 162,250 viewers for their four CONCACAF Champions League Round of ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 11-17, 2019

TNT’s broadcast of Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain on February 12 was the most-watched UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match in the past two seasons (2017, 2018), averaging 453,000 viewers. Only Arsenal’s 2016 match against Barcelona beat it out (523,000 viewers). An additional 369,000 viewers watched PSG beat United on UniMás, to bring the total up to 822,000 viewers, making it the fourth most-watched UEFA Champions League match of the season thus far. Liga MX Femenil viewership saw a drop this week with Club América’s match against Pachuca averaging just 47,000 viewers to Univision Deportes Network, down from 61,000 ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 6-10, 2019

The first leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid was the most-watched program among Spanish-language sports cable networks last Wednesday, averaging 585,000 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español. The English-language broadcast averaged an additional 235,000 viewers. Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea last Sunday averaged a combined 1.081 million viewers between NBCSN and Telemundo. NBCSN’s 732,000 viewers was the second most-watched Premier League match on cable so far in 2019, behind only January 13’s match between Spurs and Manchester United, which was watched by 876,000 on NBCSN. The match was also the most-watched Spanish-language Premier ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 29-February 4, 2019

The United States Men’s National Team’s friendly against Costa Rica last Saturday drew a combined 960,000 viewers on FOX and Univision Deportes Network. In English, the game was beaten out by two different Premier League matches on Saturday (including Cardiff-Bournemouth) and Sunday’s games. Still, the match was the most-watched game on English-language networks featuring the United States since September 2018 when they faced Mexico. Univision Deportes’ first Monday night Liga MX broadcast of the season featured the famous Chivas de Guadalajara taking on Veracruz drew 276,000 viewers, the most for any club soccer match broadcasted exclusively on Univision’s cable sports ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 18-28, 2019

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on January 19 was the most-watched Premier League match of the season so far, averaging 1.38 million viewers across the NBC broadcast network and Spanish-language Universo. The reverse fixture from August of 2018 previously held the record for the 2018/19 season with an average of 1.167 million viewers across the same networks. Premier League matches on NBC are averaging 895,000 viewers since the start of November, with the first two matches of the new year each breaking 1 million. The United States Men’s National Team began the Gregg Berhalter era with a victory over Panama ... Read more

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