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2016/17 Bundesliga opening game on FOX gets off to slow start


The opening game of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen was watched by a viewing audience of 59,000, according to

The match, which was televised live on FOX Sports 1 in the United States, was a one-sided 6-0 victory for Bayern Munich in a match that aired from 2:30-4:30pm ET. Coverage began at 2pm ET with a 30-minute pregame show hosted by Ian Joy with analysts Eric Wynalda and Jovan Kirovski (pictured above).

In comparison to the Bundesliga season opener last year, the Bayern-Bremen viewing number was an improvement on the 32,000 who watched Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg on Friday, August 14, 2015. However, the Bayern-Hamburg game was on FOX Sports 2, which is in far fewer homes than FOX Sports 1.

Here are the TV viewing numbers for the opening games from the different European leagues televised in the USA:

LeagueGameDate/TimeChannelViewing Audience
1Premier LeagueHull vs. LeicesterSat., Aug. 13, 7:30amCNBC208,000
2BundesligaBayern vs. BremenFri., Aug. 26, 2:30pmFOX Sports 159,000
3Serie AJuventus vs. FiorentinaSat., Aug. 20, 2:45pmbeIN SPORTS32,000
4ChampionshipFulham vs. NewcastleFri., Aug. 5, 2:45pmbeIN SPORTS & beIN SPORTS en Español28,000
5Primeira LigaRio Ave vs. PortoFri., Aug. 12, 3:30pmUnivision Deportes24,000
6La LigaOsasuna vs. MalagaFri. Aug. 19, 2:30pmbeIN SPORTS en Español22,000
7Ligue 1Bastia vs. PSGFri., Aug. 12, 2:30pmbeIN SPORTS & beIN SPORTS en Español16,000

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  1. Abel Meszaros

    August 30, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    A 50 minute audio recap podcast of all of week one’s action from the Bundesliga –

  2. Zack

    August 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This is what happens when you are inconsistent with your coverage. FOX’s Bundesliga coverage is simply all over the place. From half studio to guy offscreen to full studio to guy offscreen. It’s ridiculous! If FOX was more consistent with their coverage in terms of full studio every day, and spreading out a game or two to sister channels (FX and FXX). They wouldn’t get stellar ratings. But enough to keep them afloat.

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