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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of December 13-19, 2016

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For the second week in a row, NBC Sports had a Premier League match that was the new second most-watched Premier League game of the season. When including NBC Universo, Saturday’s match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United averaged an audience of 1.209 million. August 27’s matchup — also featuring Manchester United as they took on Hull City — averaged just 35,000 more viewers and is they only other Premier League game this season to hold an audience larger than 1 million on NBC. Sunday’s late matches between Manchester City and Arsenal together with Spurs and Burnley also gave NBC it’s most-viewed window of the season on cable as 834,000 viewers watched either game on NBCSN or CNBC.

The FIFA Club World Cup came to an end Sunday morning as 228,000 people watched the unexpected extra-time thriller between Real Madrid and Japan’s Kashima Antlers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Viewership for the tournament was at its highest for the three matches featuring Mexico’s Club América with their clash against Real Madrid on December 15, pulling in 509,000 viewers.

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

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1West BromMan UtdPremier League12/17/16NBC; 1114000Unvso; 950001,209,000
2Man CityArsenalPremier League12/18/16NBCSN; 741000—; —741,000
3AméricaReal MadridClub World Cup12/15/16FS1; 94000FOXD; 415000509,000
4BarcelonaEspanyolLa Liga12/18/16beIN; 88000beIE; 356000444,000
5Crystal PalaceChelseaPremier League12/17/16NBCSN; 334000Unvso; 45000379,000
6Swansea CityMiddlesbroughPremier League12/17/16NBCSN; 375000—; —375,000
7AméricaAtletico NacionalClub World Cup12/18/16FS1; 70000FOXD; 293000363,000
8EvertonLiverpoolPremier League12/19/16NBCSN; 278000Unvso; 30000308,000
9BournemouthSouthamptonPremier League12/18/16NBCSN; 270000—; —270,000
10Real MadridKashima AntlersClub World Cup12/18/16FS1; 60000FOXD; 168000228,000
11EvertonArsenalPremier League12/13/16NBCSN; 225000—; —225,000
12Crystal PalaceMan UtdPremier League12/14/16NBCSN; 224000—; —224,000
13LeverkusenIngolstadtBundesliga12/18/16FS2; 25000FOXD; 184000209,000
14SevillaMálagaLa Liga12/17/16—; —beIE; 9300093,000
15SpursBurnleyPremier League12/18/16CNBC; 93000—; —93,000
16RB LeipzigHerthaBundesliga12/17/16FS1; 74000FOXD; 1800092,000
17Atlético MadridLas PalmasLa Liga12/17/16—; —beIE; 9100091,000
18GranadaSociedadLa Liga12/17/16—; —beIE; 9000090,000
19WatfordSunderlandPremier League12/17/16CNBC; 90000—; —90,000
20DeportivoOsasunaLa Liga12/18/16—; —beIE; 8900089,000
21JuventusRomaSerie A12/17/16beIN; 84000—; —84,000
22HoffenheimDortmundBundesliga12/16/16FS1; 75000GolTV; —75,000
23LeganesEibarLa Liga12/18/16—; —beIE; 4900049,000
24PSGLilleCoupe de la Ligue12/14/16beIN; 4000beIE; 4100045,000
25Stoke CityLeicester CityPremier League12/17/16—; —Unvso; 4300043,000
26AlavésBetisLa Liga12/16/16—; —beIE; 4100041,000
27WolfsburgFrankfurtBundesliga12/17/16—; —FOXD; 4100041,000
28NorwichAston VillaChampionship12/13/16beIN; 16000beIE; 1400030,000
29DarmstadtBayernBundesliga12/18/16FS2; 27000—; —27,000
30AC MilanAtalantaSerie A12/17/16beIN; 24000—; —24,000
31AthleticCeltaLa Liga12/19/16—; —beIE; 2300023,000
32MainzHamburgBundesliga12/17/16FS2; 13000—; —13,000
33GenoaFiorentinaSerie A12/15/16beIN; 4000beIE; 700011,000
34NorwichHuddersfieldChampionship12/16/16beIN; 11000—; —11,000
35QPRAston VillaChampionship12/18/16beIN; 11000—; —11,000
36Leeds UtdBrentfordChampionship12/17/16beIN; 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 League451,290
UEFA CL366,643
MLS292,365
La Liga145,444
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga77,414
Primeira Liga34,294
Serie A27,634
Championship16,462
Ligue 114,000
NASL7,500

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

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tony

    December 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Seems like soccer ratings are picking up post election

  2. NaBUru38

    December 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    The Barcelona-Espanyol derby got 444k, which is quite good, especially compared to Leipzig-Hertha Berlin (92k) and Hoffenheim-Borussia Dortmund (75k), both on Fox Sports 1.

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