Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of October 3-11, 2016

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Out of the international games being played during the past 10 days, which ones do you think were the most watched? According to our research as well as SportsTVRatings.com, the four most viewed matches were the four friendlies involving either the United States or Mexico. Mexico’s matches averaged 1.55 million viewers over the break while the United States averaged around half that at 779,000.

During the international break, beIN SPORTS aired at least part of all 10 matches of CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying live on TV, often jumping from the conclusion of one match right into the middle of another. Viewership peaked on the evening of October 6 with 420,000 viewers tuning into either Brazil vs Bolivia or Paraguay vs Colombia.

Most impressive of all for beIN SPORTS was the 301,000 who tuned in to watch Peru vs. Argentina on beIN SPORTS en Español plus the 111,000 viewers who tuned in to beIN SPORTS to watch the same game. In total, the game averaged 412,000 viewers.

beIN SPORTS also averaged 22,400 viewers for the five African World Cup Qualifying matches they aired over the weekend.

Coverage of UEFA World Cup Qualifying matches across the networks of ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision averaged 234,375 viewers per match window over the five day stretch from October 6th to October 11th. The highest viewership was attained on an NFL Sunday with 588,000 viewers spread across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, UniMás, Univision Deportes and ESPN.

The National Women’s Soccer League Final was broadcast for the fourth consecutive year on national television and the second consecutive year on FOX Sports 1. The match averaged 180,000 viewers, up 7% from last year on FOX Sports 1 and 13% from 2014 on ESPN2.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for weekend of October 3-11, 2016:

DateCompetitionStart TimeTeam 1Team 2Network 1Network 2Total
10/8/16Friendly6:00 PMMexicoNew ZealandUnivision; 1051000Univision Deportes; 5490001,600,000
10/11/16Friendly10:00 PMMexicoPanamaUniMás; 915000Univision Deportes; 5850001,500,000
10/11/16Friendly8:00 PMUnited StatesNew ZealandESPN; 554000UniMás/Univision Deportes; 5640001,118,000
10/7/16Friendly8:00 PMUnited StatesCubaESPN; 232000UniMás/Univision Deportes; 208000440,000
10/6/16CONMEBOL WCQ10:25 PM*PeruArgentinabeIN SPORTS; 111000beIN Español; 301000412,000
10/8/16Friendly9:00 PMClub AméricaPumas—; —Univision Deportes; 392000392,000
10/9/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMAlbaniaSpainFox Sports 2; 31000UniMás/Univision Deportes; 341000372,000
10/6/16CONMEBOL WCQ8:55 PM*ParaguayColombia—; —beIN Español; 313000313,000
10/11/16CONMEBOL WCQ7:30 PMArgentinaParaguay—; —beIN Español; 308000308,000
10/8/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMGermanyCzech RepublicFox Sports 2; 71000UniMás/Univision Deportes; 227000298,000
10/6/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMItalySpainFox Sports 1; 133000Fox Deportes; 122000255,000
10/11/16CONMEBOL WCQ9:25 PM*VenezuelaBrazilbeIN SPORTS; 75000beIN Español; 156000231,000
10/11/16CONMEBOL WCQ4:30 PMColombiaUruguay—; —beIN Español; 219000219,000
10/6/16CONMEBOL WCQ5:00 PMEcuadorChilebeIN SPORTS; 38000beIN Español; 180000218,000
10/10/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMNetherlandsFranceFox Sports 1; 164000Fox Deportes; 39000203,000
10/9/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMIcelandTurkeyESPN; 194000—; —194,000
10/09/16NWSL5:00 PMWashington SpiritWest New York FlashFox Sports 1; 180000—; —180,000
10/11/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMSloveniaEnglandESPN2; 151000—; —151,000
10/9/16Friendly6:00 PMCruz AzulAtlas—; —Univision Deportes; 117000117,000
10/6/16CONMEBOL WCQ8:55 PM*BrazilBoliviabeIN SPORTS; 107000—; —107,000
10/6/16CONMEBOL WCQ7:00 PMUruguayVenezuelabeIN SPORTS; 104000—; —104,000
10/8/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMBrazilEnglandFox Sports 1; 94000—; —94,000
10/6/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMIrelandGeorgiaESPN2; 92000—; —92,000
10/11/16CONMEBOL WCQ7:30 PMChilePerubeIN SPORTS; 91000—; —91,000
10/9/16UEFA WCQ12:00 PMWalesGeorgiaFox Sports 2; 38000Fox Deportes; 3200070,000
10/11/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMPolandArmeniaFox Sports 2; 39000Fox Deportes; 2900068,000
10/10/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMSwedenBulgariaFox Sports 2; 10000Univision Deportes; 5300063,000
10/11/16CONMEBOL WCQ4:00 PMBoliviaEcuadorbeIN SPORTS; 54000—; —54,000
10/11/16UEFA WCQ12:00 PMKazakhstanRomaniaFox Sports 2; 22000Fox Deportes; 1700039,000
10/9/16CAF WCQ3:30 PMAlgeriaCameroonbeIN SPORTS; 34000—; —34,000
10/7/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMBelgiumBosnia—; —Fox Deportes; 3200032,000
10/8/16U-17 World Cup (W)12:00 PMJapanUSAFox Sports 2; 29000—; —29,000
10/9/16CAF WCQ1:00 PMTunisiaGuineabeIN SPORTS; 29000—; —29,000
10/4/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMUnited StatesGhanaFox Sports 2; 14000NBC Universo; 1300027,000
10/8/16CAF WCQ2:25 PM*Ivory CoastMalibeIN SPORTS; 25000—; —25,000
10/6/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMAustriaWalesFox Sports 2; 23000—; —23,000
10/9/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMMacedoniaItaly—; —Fox Deportes; 2200022,000
10/7/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMSpainMexicoFox Sports 2; 5000NBC Universo; 1400019,000
10/7/16UEFA WCQ2:30 PMNetherlandsBelarusFox Sports 2; 18000—; —18,000
10/9/16CAF WCQ10:30 AMCongoEgyptbeIN SPORTS; 16000—; —16,000
10/4/16U-17 World Cup (W)12:00 PMBrazilKoreaFox Sports 2; 14000—; —14,000
10/8/16UEFA WCQ12:00 PMArmeniaRomania—; —Fox Deportes; 1400014,000
10/8/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMKoreaNigeriaFox Sports 2; 10000—; —10,000
10/09/16NASL1:00 PMCarolina RailhawksFort Lauderdale StrikersbeIN Sports; 10000—; —10,000
10/8/16CAF WCQ12:30 PMGabonMoroccobeIN SPORTS; 8000—; —8,000

2016 MLS TV averages:

OverallESPNESPN2ESPNDFOXFS1FOXDUnivisionUniMásUDN
282,721305,800201,50046,000658,000157,96034,367827,000163,56069,417

2016 Most popular soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX678,674
Premier League427,105
UEFA CL374,500
La Liga132,098
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga69,000
Primeira Liga38,400
Serie A34,688
Eredivisie28,200
Championship16,667
Ligue 112,444
NASL7,167

SEE MORE: Access our archives of US TV ratings for soccer.

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  1. Tony October 18, 2016

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