Connect with us

TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of December 6 to 12, 2016

soccer leagues

The 2016 MLS Cup final on FOX Saturday produced the league’s largest English-language television audience since at least the 2001 final on ABC. Over 1.4 million people tuned in to FOX’s broadcast with an additional 601,000 watching in Spanish on UniMás and Univision Deportes. Across the United States and Canada, FOX, UniMás, TSN and RDS combined to produce the most viewed MLS Cup final in league history with over 3 million tuning in.

Also on Saturday, NBC featured its 11th Premier League match on the broadcast network as Leicester City defeated Manchester City in front of 975,000 American viewers. The match slots in as NBC’s second most-watched match of the Premier League season thus far, drawing just 16,000 more viewers than Chelsea-Spurs on November 26 and 185,000 short of August 27’s clash between Hull City and Manchester United.

The FIFA Club World Cup began on December 8 to little fanfare on US television as just 23,000 people watched Kashima Antlers of Japan defeat Auckland City of New Zealand in the First Round. The tides changed quickly, however, when Liga MX finalists Club América took the field on November 11 as their 2-1 defeat of South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors drew 425,000 viewers at 2am on the east coast. The match registers as our 7th most watched of the week despite its early (or late) kickoff time, beating out all UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Bundesliga matches on FOX’s networks for the week as well as all but one of beIN SPORT’s offerings. We’ll have the viewing number for the Club America-Real Madrid semi-final that was played on Thursday in next week’s column.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 6-12, 2016:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1Toronto FCSeattle SoundersMLS Cup12/10/16FOX; 1411000UniMás; 6010002,012,000
2Leicester CityMan CityPremier League12/10/16NBC; 975000Unvso; 950001,070,000
3Man UtdSpursPremier League12/11/16NBCSN; 643000—; —643,000
4LiverpoolWest HamPremier League12/11/16NBCSN; 587000—; —587,000
5Real MadridDeportivoLa Liga12/10/16beIN; 123000beIE; 407000530,000
6ArsenalStokePremier League12/10/16NBCSN; 456000Unvso; 31000487,000
7Jeonbuk MotorsAméricaClub World Cup12/11/16FS1; 61000FOXD; 364000425,000
8Real MadridDortmundChampions League12/7/16FS1; 259000—; —259,000
9WatfordEvertonPremier League12/10/16NBCSN; 225000—; —225,000
10BarcelonaMönchengladbachChampions League12/6/16FS2; 22000FOXD; 186000208,000
11ChelseaWest BromPremier League12/11/16NBCSN; 184000—; —184,000
12Schalke 04LeverkusenBundesliga12/11/16FS2; 15000FOXD; 153000168,000
13OsasunaBarcelonaLa Liga12/10/16beIN; 39000beIE; 92000131,000
14Man CityCelticChampions League12/6/16FS1; 126000—; —126,000
15BayernAtletico MadridChampions League12/6/16ESPN2; 123000—; —123,000
16ZoryaMan UtdEuropa League12/8/16FS1; 115000—; —115,000
17North CarolinaStanfordNCAA Soccer12/9/16ESPNU; 107000—; —107,000
18SouthamptonHapoelEuropa League12/8/16FS1; 98000—; —98,000
19LeverkusenMonacoChampions League12/7/16—; —FOXD; 8200082,000
20SwanseaSunderlandPremier League12/10/16CNBC; 73000—; —73,000
21Real SociedadValenciaLa Liga12/10/16—; —beIE; 7200072,000
22DenverWake ForestNCAA Soccer12/9/16ESPNU; 71000—; —71,000
23LyonSevillaChampions League12/7/16ESPN2; 67000—; —67,000
24Real BetisAthleticLa Liga12/11/16—; —beIE; 6400064,000
25BayernWolfsburgBundesliga12/10/16FS1; 60000—; —60,000
26EspanyolSportingLa Liga12/11/16—; —beIE; 5800058,000
27Mamelodi SundownsKashima AntlersClub World Cup12/11/16FS1; 35000FOXD; 1800053,000
28VillarrealAtletico MadridLa Liga12/12/16—; —beIE; 5100051,000
29TorinoJuventusSerie A12/11/16beIN; 48000—; —48,000
30Las PalmasLeganesLa Liga12/10/16—; —beIE; 4100041,000
31PSGNiceLigue 112/11/16beIN; 36000—; —36,000
32FeirensePortoPrimeira Liga12/11/16—; —UDN; 3200032,000
33KölnDortmundBundesliga12/10/16FS2; 12000FOXD; 1900031,000
34Celta VigoSevillaLa Liga12/11/16—; —beIE; 3000030,000
35FrankfurtHoffenheimBundesliga12/9/16FS2; 29000—; —29,000
36MalagaGranadaLa Liga12/9/16—; —beIE; 2900029,000
37HerthaBremenBundesliga12/10/16FS2; 17000FOXD; 900026,000
38MönchengladbachMainzBundesliga12/11/16FS1; 24000; —24,000
39Kashima AntlersAuckland CityClub World Cup12/8/16FS1; 13000FOXD; 1000023,000
40SpursCSKA MoscowChampions League12/7/16FS2; 22000—; —22,000
41PrestonBlackburnChampionship12/10/16beIN; 20000; —20,000
42RomaAC MilanSerie A12/12/16beIN; 16000—; —16,000
43HuddersfieldBristolChampionship12/10/16beIN; 10000; —10,000
44SalzburgSchalkeEuropa League12/8/16FS2; 9000—; —9,000
45VillarrealSteaua BucharestEuropa League12/8/16FS2; 8000—; —8,000
46AstraRomaEuropa League12/8/16FS2; 6000—; —6,000
47FiorentinaSassuoloSerie A12/12/16beIN; 6000—; —6,000
48BrightonLeeds UtdChampionship12/9/16beIN; 5000—; —5,000

2016 MLS TV averages:

LeagueOverallESPNESPN2ESPNDFOXFS1FOXDUniMás/UDN
MLS276,689290,179201,50046,000658,000154,34634,677218,038
MLS Playoffs273,000279,167124,00044,5001,411,000191,28673,750289,600

Most-watched leagues on US TV

LeagueAverage
Liga MX760,779
Premier League449,306
UEFA CL366,643
MLS292,365
Club World Cup167,000
La Liga147,543
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga76,338
Primeira Liga34,294
Serie A26,684
Championship16,864
Ligue 114,000
NASL7,500

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

HT SportsTVRatings

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
  • Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in TV Ratings

Translate »