Most-watched soccer games on US TV for weekend of March 18-20

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The viewing figures are in for all of the soccer games shown on US TV from last weekend, and there are certainly some revealing numbers.

The Manchester derby led the way with the most number of viewers. NBC’s broadcast of the game was certainly helped by the United Kingdom not switching to Daylight Savings Time yet, so the game kicked off an hour later on US television sets than the typical 11am ET start time.

While Daylight Savings Time helped NBC’s coverage of the Premier League, it unfortunately didn’t help the Bundesliga on FOX, where the game between Frankfurt and Hannover was shown live on the big FOX network on Saturday from 1:30-3:30pm ET. The number of viewers was a paltry 308,000.

At the same time as the Frankfurt-Hannover game, the relegation battle between Swansea and Aston Villa was watched by 286,000 people on NBCSN, which was still greater than the viewing figures for the MLS games on Sunday on both FOX Sports 1 and ESPN2.

Elsewhere in the top viewing figures below, beIN SPORTS en Español had yet another impressive week for its coverage of La Liga games.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV from last weekend:

Pos.TeamsNo. of viewersTV NetworkGame time (ET)Date
1Man City vs. Man United1,170,000NBCNoon-2pmSun., March 20
2Villarreal vs. Barcelona483,000beIN SPORTS en Español11am-1pmSun., March 20
3Club America vs. Leon474,000Univision Deportes7-9pmSat., March 19
4Monterrey vs. Chivas472,000Univision Deportes9-11pmSat., March 19
5Real Madrid vs. Sevilla456,000beIN SPORTS en Español3:30-5:30pmSun., March 20
6Everton vs. Arsenal438,000NBCSN8:45-10:45amSat., March 19
7Crystal Palace vs. Leicester425,000NBCSN11am-1pmSat., March 19
8Sunderland vs. Newcastle378,000NBCSN9:30-11:30amSun., March 20
9Frankfurt vs. Hannover308,000FOX1:30-3:30pmSat., March 19
10NYCFC vs. Orlando280,000Univision Deportes/UniMas7-9pmFri., March 18
11Queretaro vs. Jaguares272,000Univision Deportes9:30-11:30pmFri., March 18
12Swansea vs. Aston Villa266,000NBCSN1:30-3:30pmSat., March 19
13Puebla vs. Tigres252,000Univision Deportes10pm-MidnightSun., March 20
14Chelsea vs. West Ham240,000NBCSN11am-1pmSat., March 19
15Sporting KC vs. Toronto184,000FOX Sports 17-9pmSun., March 20
16Colorado Rapids vs. DC United179,000ESPN24:30-6:30pmSun., March 20
17Valencia vs. Celta Vigo177,000beIN SPORTS en Español1:15-3:15pmSun., March 20
18Sporting vs. Atletico Madrid114,000beIN SPORTS en Español11am-1pmSat., March 19
19Stuttgart vs. Leverkusen110,000FOX Deportes10:30am-12:30pmSun., March 20
20Stuttgart vs. Leverkusen74,000FOX Sports 110:30am-12:30pmSun., March 20
21Frankfurt vs. Hannover69,000FOX Deportes1:30-3:30pmSat., March 19
22Deportivo vs. Levante62,000beIN SPORTS en Español3:30-5:30pmSat., March 19
23Pachuca vs. Veracruz54,000NBC Universo10pm-MidnightSat., March 19
24Crystal Palace vs. Leicester49,000NBC Universo11am-1pmSat., March 19
25Inter vs. Roma48,000beIN SPORTS3:45-5:45pmSat., March 19
26PSV vs. Ajax48,000Univision Deportes11:30am-1:30pmSun., March 20
27Augsburg vs. Dortmund46,000FOX Deportes12:30-2:30pmSun., March 20
28Everton vs. Arsenal41,000NBC Universo8:45-10:45amSat., March 19
29Torino vs. Juventus27,000beIN SPORTS10am-NoonSun., March 20
30Wolfsburg vs. Darmstadt26,000FOX Deportes10:30am-12:30pmSat., March 19
31Sporting vs. Atletico Madrid25,000beIN SPORTS11am-1pmSat., March 19
32Getafe vs. Eibar24,000beIN SPORTS en Español3:30-5:30pmFri., March 18
33Sporting KC vs. Toronto21,000FOX Deportes7-9pmSun., March 20
34Schalke vs. Monchengladbach16,000FOX Sports 23:30-5:30pmFri., March 18
35Middlesbrough vs. Hull12,000beIN SPORTS3:45-5:45pmFri., March 18
36Derby vs. Nottingham Forest10,000beIN SPORTS8:30-10:30amSat., March 19
37Empoli vs. Palermo8,000beIN SPORTS1-3pmSat., March 19

Note that viewing figures for soccer games shown on the over-the-air Univision network have not been made available.

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  1. Ivan March 24, 2016
  2. Jeff March 30, 2016

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