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Most-watched live soccer games: March 4-6

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The viewing figures for last weekend’s soccer games on TV were more varied than usual given the return of MLS.

Plus there was the last minute switch by FOX Sports to move the biggest Bundesliga game of the season, between Dortmund and Bayern Munich, from FOX Soccer Plus to FX.

So how did all of the games do on US television? Let’s find out.

Pos.TeamsNo. of viewersTV NetworkGame time (ET)Date
1Club America vs. Monarcas1,385,000Univision/UDN6-8pmSat., 3/5
2WBA vs. Man United601,000NBCSN11am-1pmSun., 3/6
3Monterrey vs. Tigres505,000Univision Deportes8-10pmSat., 3/5
4Spurs vs. Arsenal475,000NBCSN7:45-9:45amSat., 3/5
5LA Galaxy vs. DC United468,000Univision Deportes/UniMas10am-MidnightSun., 3/6
6Eibar vs. Barcelona446,000beIN SPORTS en Español10am-NoonSun., 3/6
7Watford vs. Leicester438,000NBCSN12:30-2:30pmSat., 3/5
8Man City vs. West Ham379,000NBCSN10am-NoonSat., 3/5
9Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool374,000NBCSN8:30-10:30amSun., 3/6
10Portland vs. Columbus362,000ESPN5:30-7:30pmSun., 3/6
11Puebla vs. Veracruz318,000Univision Deportes6-8pmSun., 3/6
12Jaguares vs. Toluca292,000Univision Deportes10pm-midnightSat., 3/5
13Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo280,000beIN SPORTS en Español10am-NoonSat., 3/5
14Seattle vs. Sporting KC267,000FS17:15-9:15pmSun., 3/6
15UNAM vs. Cruz Azul256,000Univision Deportes1pm-3pmSun., 3/6
16Everton vs. West Ham214,000USA10am-NoonSat., 3/5
17Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid201,000beIN SPORTS en Español2:30-4:30pmSun., 3/6
18Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich192,000FX12:30-2:30pmSat., 3/5
19Pachuca vs. Dorados93,000NBC Universo9pm-11pmSat., 3/5
20Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo85,000beIN SPORTS10am-NoonSat., 3/5
21Villarreal vs. Las Palmas83,000beIN SPORTS en Español12-2pmSat., 3/5
22Getafe vs. Sevilla65,000beIN SPORTS en Español2:30-4:30pmSat., 3/5
23Deportivo vs. Malaga62,000beIN SPORTS en Español4:30-6:30pmSat., 3/5
24Augsburg vs. Leverkusen61,000FOX Sports 19:30-11:30amSat., 3/5
25Sporting vs. Benfica58,000Univision Deportes3:30-5:30pmSat., 3/5
26Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin57,000FOX Sports 111:30am-1:30pmSun., 3/6
27Augsburg vs. Leverkusen56,000FOX Deportes9:30-11:30amSat., 3/5
28Spurs vs. Arsenal44,000NBC Universo7:45-9:45amSat., 3/5
29Inter vs. Palermo35,000beIN SPORTS2:45-4:45pmSun., 3/6
30Mainz vs. Darmstadt35,000FOX Sports 19:30-11:30amSun., 3/6
31Man City vs. Aston Villa32,000NBC Universo10am-NoonSat., 3/5
32Napoli vs. Chievo29,000beIN SPORTS2:45-4:45pmSat., 3/5
33Seattle vs. Sporting KC24,000FOX Deportes7:15-9:15pmSun., 3/6
34Watford vs. Leicester22,000NBC Universo12:30-2:30pmSat., 3/5
35Roma vs. Fiorentina21,000beIN SPORTS2:45-4:45pmFri., 3/4
36Roma vs. Fiorentina19,000beIN SPORTS en Español2:45-4:45pmFri., 3/4
37Mainz vs. Darmstadt17,000FOX Deportes9:30-11:30amSun., 3/6
38Wolfsburg vs. Monchengladbach13,000FOX Sports 29:30-11:30amSat., 3/5
39Willem II vs. Ajax12,000Univision Deportes8:30-10:30amSun., 3/6
40Burnley vs. Blackburn5,000beIN SPORTS7:30-9:30amSat., 3/5

Not surprisingly, the Dortmund-Bayern game on FX failed to crack 200,000 viewers despite the channel being in more than 92 million homes across the United States. FOX announced the change on Friday, which is the worst day of the week to announce any news. While the ultimate decision was the correct one, FOX missed a golden opportunity to bring the Bundesliga to a wider audience. Next time, hopefully FOX will get its act together sooner for a game of this importance.

While FOX flubbed, beIN SPORTS had an excellent showing over the weekend with impressive viewing numbers for the Eibar-Barcelona game on beIN SPORTS en Español.

Last but not least, the viewing numbers for Serie A continue to disappoint. The league is entertaining to watch, but the audiences aren’t tuning in to watch those games on beIN SPORTS in numbers.

What interesting observations can you make from the above rankings? Let us know in the comments section below or on social media.

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  1. Henry

    March 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    If Fox did a better job marketing Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich on FX instead of the last minute switch from Fox Soccer Plus to FX, they would’ve gotten a lot better viewership. Come on FOX!!!

  2. Tony

    March 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Poor results for Watford vs Leicester.

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