Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of October 17-23, 2016

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Sunday’s MLS “Decision Day” matchup between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake on ESPN delivered the network’s worst rating of the season. It also managed to underperform all four MLS matches to air on ESPN2.

Since the start of the Summer Olympics in August, Major League Soccer on ESPN has seen a 41% drop in viewership, averaging only 203,636 viewers in the 11 matches since. The first 17 matches on ESPN averaged 346,176 viewers. The Major League Soccer broadcast was once again ESPN’s least viewed bloc of the day.

On Sunday, the USL made its national television debut on ESPNU as New York Red Bulls II defeated Swope Park Rangers to win their first USL title. The broadcast ran two hours and averaged 14,000 viewers.

The Under-17 Women’s World Cup has concluded with North Korea being crowned champions. Matches were prominently featured on FOX Sports 2 while some also aired on NBC Universo. These networks combined to average 20,250 viewers for the tournament. The tournament reached its largest audience on October 8 for a group stage match between Brazil and England seen by 94,000, one of the few matches aired on the more widely available FOX Sports 1.

The Premier League on NBC recorded its second highest rating of the season on Saturday with 851,000 tuning in to watch Liverpool climb level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

The Premier League on NBC is averaging 792,000 viewers through four matches this season. The Premier League will return to the airwaves twice this weekend with Liverpool taking on Crystal Palace on Saturday, October 29 and Southampton facing Chelsea on Sunday, October 30.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 17-23, 2016:

RankDateCompetitionKickoffHomeAwayTV1TV2Total
110/22/16Premier League12:30 PMLiverpoolWest BromNBC; 851000Unvso; 43000894,000
210/23/16Liga MX9:00 PMChivasPachuca—; —UDN; 717000717,000
310/23/16Premier League11:00 AMChelseaManchester UnitedNBCSN; 602000Telemundo; Not available602,000
410/22/16Liga MX8:00 PMQuerétaroClub América—; —UDN; 570000570,000
510/23/16Liga MX1:00 PMPumasTigresUnivision; 390000UDN; 155000545,000
610/23/16La Liga2:45 PMReal MadridAthleticbeIN; 111000beIE; 384000495,000
710/22/16Premier League10:00 AMArsenalMiddlesbroughNBCSN; 410000Unvso; 20000430,000
810/18/16Copa MX9:30 PMClub AméricaChiapas—; —UDN; 423000423,000
910/19/16Copa MX10:00 PMChivasOaxaca—; —UDN; 405000405,000
1010/17/16Premier League3:00 PMLiverpoolManchester UnitedNBCSN; 371000—; —371,000
1110/23/16Liga MX7:00 PMSantos LagunaAtlas FC—; —UDN; 367000367,000
1210/22/16La Liga10:15 AMValenciaBarcelonabeIN; 112000beIE; 230000342,000
1310/22/16Liga MX6:00 PMCruz AzulPuebla—; —UDN; 331000331,000
1410/23/16Premier League8:30 AMManchester CitySouthamptonNBCSN; 320000Telemundo; Not available320,000
1510/22/16Premier League7:30 AMBournemouthSpursNBCSN; 263000Unvso; 26000289,000
1610/19/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMBarcelonaManchester CityFS1; 282000ESPND; Not Available282,000
1710/22/16Liga MX8:06 PMLeónMonarcas Morelia—; —UDN; 266000266,000
1810/19/16Copa MX8:00 PMCruz AzulQuerétaro—; —UDN; 258000258,000
1910/22/16Liga MX8:00 PMMonterreyToluca—; —Gala; 191000191,000
2010/19/16Friendly (W)9:00 PMUnited States WNTSwitzerlandESPN2; 169000; —169,000
2110/20/16UEFA Europa League3:00 PMManchester UnitedFenerbahçeFS1; 165000ESPND; Not Available165,000
2210/18/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMReal MadridLegia WarsawFSN; —FOXD; 163000163,000
2310/23/16La Liga10:15 AMSevillaAtletico MadridbeIN; 16000beIE; 144000160,000
2410/23/16Friendly (W)1:45 PMUnited States WNTSwitzerlandFS1; 149000—; —149,000
2510/23/16MLS4:00 PMSeattle SoundersReal Salt LakeESPN; 141000ESPND; Not Available141,000
2610/18/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMBayer LeverkusenSpursFS1; 137000ESPND; Not Available137,000
2710/23/16MLS4:00 PMLos Angeles GalaxyFC DallasFS1; 64000FOXD; 44000108,000
2810/18/16CONCACAF CL10:00 PMHeredianoTigres—; —Gala; 106000106,000
2910/18/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMLeicester CityCopenhagenESPN2; 105000—; —105,000
3010/23/16La Liga12:30 PMVillarealLas Palmas—; —beIE; 105000105,000
3110/20/16CONCACAF CL10:00 PMW ConnectionPumas—; —UDN; 9900099,000
3210/22/16La Liga12:30 PMReal SociedadAlaves—; —beIE; 8100081,000
3310/19/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMParis Saint GermainBaselESPN2; 74000—; —74,000
3410/20/16CONCACAF CL8:00 PMFC DallasSuchitepéquez—; —UDN; 7100071,000
3510/22/16Bundesliga9:30 AMBayer LeverkusenHoffenheim—; —FOXD; 5900059,000
3610/20/16UEFA Europa League1:00 PMInter MilanSouthamptonFS2; 55000—; —55,000
3710/22/16La Liga2:45 PMGranadaSporting Gijon—; —beIE; 5300053,000
3810/22/16Primeira Liga3:30 PMPortoArouca—; —UDN; 5200052,000
3910/23/16Bundesliga11:30 AMSchalke 04MainzFS2; 18000FOXD; 3100049,000
4010/23/16Bundesliga9:30 AMRB LeipzigWerder BremenFS1; 46000—; —46,000
4110/19/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMArsenalLudogoretsFS2; 42000—; —42,000
4210/22/16Bundesliga12:30 PMBayern MunichMönchengladbachFS2; 38000—; —38,000
4310/17/16U-17 World Cup (W)9:00 AMVenezuelaNorth KoreaFS2; 28000Unvso; 300031,000
4410/21/16U-17 World Cup (W)10:00 AMVenezuelaSpainFS2; 16000Unvso; 700023,000
4510/22/16Bundesliga9:30 AMIngolstadtBorussia DortmundFS2; 23000—; —23,000
4610/20/16UEFA Europa League3:00 PMRomaViennaFS2; 22000—; —22,000
4710/19/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMBayern MunichPSV EindhovenFSN; —FOXD; 1900019,000
4810/21/16U-17 World Cup (W)1:00 PMNorth KoreaJapanFS2; 12000Unvso; 600018,000
4910/18/16UEFA Champions League2:45 PMSporting CPBorussia DortmundFS2; 17000—; —17,000
5010/21/16La Liga2:45 PMOsasunaReal Betis—; —beIE; 1700017,000
5110/17/16U-17 World Cup (W)12:00 PMSpainJapanFS2; 15000—; —15,000
5210/23/16USL Cup8:00 PMNew York Red Bulls IISwope Park RangersESPNU; 14000—; —14,000
5310/23/16Serie A9:00 AMAtalantaInter MilanbeIN; 10000—; —10,000
5410/21/16Ligue 12:45 PMMonacoMontpellierbeIN; 7000—; —7,000
5510/17/16Serie A2:45 PMPalermoTorinobeIN; 3000—; —3,000

2016 MLS TV averages:

OverallESPNESPN2ESPNDFOXFS1FOXDUnivisionUniMásUDN
276,689290,179201,50046,000658,000154,34634,677247,148163,56070,280

2016 Most popular soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX684,239
Premier League419,614
UEFA CL374,500
MLS276,689
La Liga138,446
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga75,800
Primeira Liga38,400
Serie A30,263
Eredivisie28,200
Championship17,600
Ligue 111,833
NASL7,563

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

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  1. erk October 27, 2016
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