Most-watched soccer games: Nov. 18-21, 2016

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It was a big weekend for the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 home victory against Bayern Munich was watched by 426,000 people on the FOX broadcast network, making it the most-watched Bundesliga broadcast of the season so far. The Bundesliga saw another high on Sunday morning as 102,000 people watched Hoffenheim take on Hamburg on FOX Sports 1, the first time a Bundesliga match has averaged more than 100,000 viewers on the network this season. It is worth noting that there was no competition from the Premier League during this window.

On the NBC over-the-air network, the London Derby contested Saturday between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United drew only 642,000 viewers, ranking 6th out of 8 Premier League broadcasts on NBC this season.

In a low point for the Premier League, Monday afternoon’s meeting between West Bromwich Albion and Burnley was watched by only 86,000 people, the lowest for a Premier League match on NBCSN this season.

Liga MX once again dominated American soccer television Saturday night, averaging over one million viewers from 6 pm to midnight on the east coast. Viewership peaked from 10 to midnight ET as nearly 1.4 million watched Necaxa take on Chivas.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 18-21, 2016:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1ChivasNecaxaLiga MX11/19/16Univision; 917000UDN; 4760001,393,000
2TigresQuerétaroLiga MX11/19/16Univision; 606000UDN; 188000794,000
3SpursWest HamPremier League11/19/16NBC; 642000Unvso; 49000691,000
4Atletico MadridReal MadridLa Liga11/19/16beIN; 158000beIE; 405000563,000
5Man UtdArsenalPremier League11/19/16NBCSN; 491000Unvso; 47000538,000
6SouthamptonLiverpoolPremier League11/19/16NBCSN; 476000—; —476,000
7PueblaPumasLiga MX11/20/16—; —UDN; 456000456,000
8PachucaClub AméricaLiga MX11/19/16—; —Unvso; 433000433,000
9DortmundBayern MunichBundesliga11/19/16FOX; 426000—; —426,000
10MiddlesbroughChelseaPremier League11/20/16NBCSN; 396000—; —396,000
11BarcelonaMalagaLa Liga11/19/16beIN; 84000beIE; 294000378,000
12Cruz AzulLeónLiga MX11/19/16—; —UDN; 308000308,000
13TolucaSantos LagunaLiga MX11/20/16—; —UDN; 211000211,000
14HoffenheimHamburgBundesliga11/20/16FS1; 102000FOXD; 19000121,000
15SportingReal SociedadLa Liga11/20/16—; —beIE; 100000100,000
16CanadaJapanU20 World Cup (W)11/20/16FS1; 89000—; —89,000
17ChiapasAtlas FCLiga MX11/19/16—; —Galavision; 8900089,000
18EibarCelta VigoLa Liga11/19/16—; —beIE; 8800088,000
19West BromBurnleyPremier League11/21/16NBCSN; 86000—; —86,000
20ValenciaGranadaLa Liga11/20/16—; —beIE; 8500085,000
21Athletic BilbaoVillarealLa Liga11/20/16—; —beIE; 6400064,000
22BremenFrankfurtBundesliga11/20/16FS2; 10000FOXD; 5100061,000
23USAGhanaU20 World Cup (W)11/21/16FS1; 55000; —55,000
24Crystal PalaceMan CityPremier League11/19/16—; —Unvso; 5400054,000
25MönchengladbachKölnBundesliga11/19/16FS1; 43000—; —43,000
26AC MilanInter MilanSerie A11/20/16beIN; 39000—; —39,000
27WolfsburgSchalkeBundesliga11/19/16FS2; 7000FOXD; 2900036,000
28BrazilSwedenU20 World Cup (W)11/20/16FS1; 33000—; —33,000
29AtalantaRomaSerie A11/20/16beIN; 29000—; —29,000
30LeverkusenRB LeipzigBundesliga11/18/16FS2; 20000—; —20,000
31DeportivoSevillaLa Liga11/19/16—; —beIE; 2000020,000
32LorientMonacoLigue 111/18/16beIN; 13000beIE; 700020,000
33Real BetisLas PalmasLa Liga11/18/16—; —beIE; 1900019,000
34AlavesEspanyolLa Liga11/20/16—; —beIE; 80008,000
35LeganesOsasunaLa Liga11/21/16—; —beIE; 60006,000
36MarseilleCaenLigue 111/20/16beIN; 4000; —4,000
37NigeriaSpainU20 World Cup (W)11/20/16FS2; 4000—; —4,000
38New ZealandFranceU20 World Cup (W)11/21/16FS2; 2000; —2,000
39North KoreaNew GuineaU20 World Cup (W)11/20/16FS2; 1000—; —1,000

2016 MLS TV averages:

LeagueOverallESPNESPN2ESPNDFOXFS1FOXDUniMás/UDN
MLS276,689290,179201,50046,000658,000154,34634,677218,038
MLS Playoffs255,250241,250124,00044,500 178,400 211,750

Most-watched leagues on US TV

LeagueAverage
Liga MX681,512
Premier League432,955
UEFA CL399,250
MLS276,689
La Liga139,582
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga76,160
Primeira Liga37,833
Serie A29,423
Eredivisie28,200
Championship17,600
Ligue 112,625
NASL7,500

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

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