Category: TV Ratings

Liverpool-PSG Champions League scores 1 million viewers across Univision and TNT

Liverpool’s late 3-2 win against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s exciting Champions League match averaged more than one million viewers in the United States across Univision, Univision Deportes Network and TNT. In fact, the Liverpool-PSG viewing number was the most-viewed Group Stage telecast in the U.S. in the history of the UEFA Champions League, regardless of language. Airing in the 2:51pm ET timeslot on Univision and Univision Deportes Network, the Spanish-language broadcast averaged 672,000 viewers. At the same time, the game averaged 330,000 viewers on TNT for a combined total of 1,002,000 viewers. Earlier on Tuesday, Barcelona’s 4-0 drubbing of PSV ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 22-September 2, 2018

The Bundesliga’s opening round matchup between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig averaged 395,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network making it the most-watched Bundesliga match on an English-language network since November 19, 2016 when Borussia Dortmund faced Bayern Munich, also on FOX. Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle was watched by 870,000 viewers on NBC, down slightly from 876,000 for NBC’s corresponding matchup last season but up from 831,000 viewers for Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Brighton one week earlier. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Premier League on NBC is averaging 892,000 viewers. ESPN’s August 26th MLS ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 15-20, 2018

Last Saturday’s Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal drew a combined 1.167 million viewers on NBC and Universo, making it the most-watched soccer match on American television since the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Through the first two rounds, the Premier League is averaging 587,500 viewers, up slightly from 578,250 in the first two rounds of the 2017-18 season. The UEFA Super Cup averaged 871,000 viewers across TNT and Univision’s networks. The English-language viewership dropped considerably from 315,000 on FOX Sports 1 last season to just 173,000 viewers for TNT’s first UEFA broadcast. Meanwhile for Univision, the 698,000 viewers ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 7-12, 2018

The opening round of the 2018-19 Premier League season averaged 621,667 viewers across NBC, NBCSN, Telemundo and Universo, down 3% from 601,500 for the opening round last year. Viewership reached its peak as the round ended for the late Sunday kickoff featuring Arsenal and defending champions Manchester City with 1.024 million tuning in on NBCSN and Telemundo. For NBCSN, the match was the most-watched opening weekend cable Premier League match on record, excluding 2016 during the Rio Olympics, which featured lead-in programming and additional promotion. Viewership for NBC’s Saturday afternoon match between newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton was down ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 30-August 5, 2018

The 2018 MLS All-Star Game drew a combined 947,000 viewers across ESPN and UniMás, a drop of more than 50% when compared to the 2017 All-Star Game against Real Madrid. The Spanish-language broadcast saw a 67% decrease in viewership with only 495,000 watching the match on UniMás this year. ESPN saw a slight 8% increase over FS1’s coverage last season, contributing 452,000 viewers to the total. Atlanta United and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw Saturday afternoon with 207,000 people tuning in to watch the match on ESPN. It was the first time that a Canadian club has been ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 19-29, 2018

Liga MX has returned, averaging 379,765 viewers per match window through the first two weeks of the 2018 Apertura, down from 551,385 viewers in the first two weeks of the 2017 Apertura. Even with the benefit of three extra broadcasts to open the 2018 Apertura, total viewership is also down 10% from 7.168 million viewers in the first two weeks of 2017 to 6.456 million in 2018. This may partially be explained by the leagues two most popular clubs playing away during the opening week of the season, forcing them out of their favored late Saturday night kickoffs on Univision. ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 6-15, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final contested by France and Croatia averaged 16.62 million television viewers across the FOX broadcast network and Telemundo channels. FOX’s English-language coverage drew the largest share of the viewership with 68%, a three percent increase from the 2014 Final. The knockout stage averaged 8.15 million viewers across both networks with 59% of viewers choosing to watch the 2nd half of the tournament on FOX’s networks. The final 16 matches averaged 4.8 million viewers on FOX and FOX Sports 1, a 1.35 million viewer drop from ESPN’s coverage in the 2014 tournament. Atlanta United’s match against ... Read more

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and ... Read more