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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of October 12-17, 2016

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After the close of the international break, the English Premier League and German Bundesliga both returned to American airwaves on Saturday. The mid table clash between Crystal Palace and West Ham on the over-the-air NBC network averaged 104% more viewers than FOX’s match between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen on its over-the-air network. This continues the trend of Premier League games on NBC demolishing Bundesliga on FOX ratings. Overall for the weekend, the Bundesliga averaged 128,800 viewers when in direct competition to the Premier League, which averaged 393,600 viewers.

Bob Bradley’s managerial debut at Swansea City, in direct competition with Man City/Everton on NBCSN, averaged just 130,000 viewers on CNBC. That number should not be a surprise to many. So far this season, CNBC is averaging just slightly more than 130,000 viewers for secondary kickoffs when another (typically bigger) game is airing on NBCSN. NBCSN is averaging 418,000 viewers during simultaneous broadcasts.

The Premier League returns to NBC this upcoming Saturday afternoon whereas the Bundesliga’s Saturday afternoon match will air on Fox Sports 2 because of college football.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 12-17, 2016:

RankDateCompetitionKickoffHomeAwayTV 1TV 2Total
110/15/16Liga MX10:00 PMClub AméricaTijuanaUnivision; 979000Univision Deportes; 4640001,443,000
210/15/16Premier League12:30 PMCrystal PalaceWest HamNBC; 604000NBC Universo; 12000616,000
310/16/16Liga MX7:00 PMPueblaChivas—; —Univision Deportes; 550000550,000
410/16/16Liga MX1:00 PMTolucaPumasUnivision; 357000Univision Deportes; 148000505,000
510/15/16Premier League10:00 AMManchester CityEvertonNBCSN; 359000NBC Universo; 35000394,000
610/17/16Premier League3:00 PMLiverpoolManchester UnitedNBCSN; 371000—; —371,000
710/15/16Bundesliga12:30 PMWerder BremenBayer LeverkusenFOX; 296000Fox Deportes; 75000371,000
810/15/16La Liga2:45 PMReal BetisReal MadridbeIN SPORTS; 82000beIN Español; 271000353,000
910/16/16Premier League11:00 AMSouthamtonBurnleyNBCSN; 282000NBC Universo; 17000299,000
1010/15/16La Liga10:15 AMBarcelonaDeportivobeIN SPORTS; 81000beIN Español; 203000284,000
1110/15/16Liga MX6:00 PMChiapasMonterrey—; —Univision Deportes; 281000281,000
1210/15/16Premier League7:30 AMChelseaLeicester CityNBCSN; 255000NBC Universo; 25000280,000
1310/15/16Liga MX8:00 PMTigresNecaxa—; —Univision Deportes; 256000256,000
1410/16/16Premier League8:30 AMMiddlesbroughWatfordNBCSN; 236000NBC Universo; 13000249,000
1510/16/16MLS5:00 PMPortland TimbersColorado RapidsESPN; 178000ESPN Deportes; —178,000
1610/16/16MLS3:00 PMMontreal ImpactToronto FCESPN; 161000ESPN Deportes; —161,000
1710/15/16La Liga12:30 PMAtletico MadridGranada—; —beIN Español; 139000139,000
1810/15/16Premier League10:00 AMArsenalSwansea CityCNBC; 130000—; —130,000
1910/14/16Bundesliga2:30 PMBorussia DortmundHertha BerlinFox Sports 1; 90000Fox Deportes; 13000103,000
2010/16/16La Liga2:45 PMVillarrealCelta—; —beIN Español; 7900079,000
2110/16/16Bundesliga9:30 AMMainzDarmstadtFox Sports 1; 56000Fox Deportes; 1300069,000
2210/16/16La Liga10:15 AMAthletic BilbaoReal Sociedad—; —beIN Español; 6800068,000
2310/16/16La Liga12:30 PMSportingValencia—; —beIN Español; 6700067,000
2410/15/16Bundesliga9:30 AMFrankfurtBayern MunichFox Sports 1; 64000; —64,000
2510/15/16Liga MX8:06 PMPachucaSantos LagunaTelemundo; Not availableNBC Universo; 6200062,000
2610/17/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMVenezuelaNorth KoreaFox Sports 2; 28000NBC Universo; 300031,000
2710/15/16Championship12:30 PMAston VillaWolvesbeIN SPORTS; 26000—; —26,000
2810/15/16Bundesliga9:30 AMMönchengladbachHamburgFox Sports 2; 12000Fox Deportes; 1100023,000
2910/14/16La Liga2:45 PMLas PalmasEspanyol—; —beIN Español; 1900019,000
3010/17/16U-17 World Cup (W)12:00 PMSpainJapanFox Sports 2; 15000—; —15,000
3110/12/16NASL7:30 PMCarolina RailhawksRayo OKCbeIN Sports; 10000beIN Español; 500015,000
3210/16/16Bundesliga11:30 AMWolfsburgRB LeipzigFox Sports 2; 14000—; —14,000
3310/15/16NASL7:30 PMIndy ElevenCarolina Railhawks—; —beIN Español; 1200012,000
3410/14/16Ligue 12:45 PMNiceLyonbeIN SPORTS; 9000—; —9,000
3510/16/16Serie A9:00 AMInter MilanCagliaribeIN SPORTS; 7000—; —7,000
3610/14/16Ligue 11:00 PMToulouseMonacobeIN SPORTS; 3000—; —3,000
3710/17/16Serie A2:45 PMPalermoTorinobeIN SPORTS; 3000—; —3,000

2016 MLS TV averages:


2016 Most popular soccer leagues on US TV:

Liga MX690,818
Premier League419,614
UEFA CL374,500
La Liga133,552
Primeira Liga38,400
Serie A31,389
Ligue 111,833

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

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  1. erk

    October 22, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Amazing that 2 Copa MX games (the tournament very few people care about) will rank 5th and 6th among these games. America-Jaguares drew 423,000 and Chivas-Alebrijes (second division team) drew 405,000.

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