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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of December 20-26, 2016

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Thursday’s first leg of the Apertura final between Tigres and Club América was viewed by 2.8 million people on Univision and Univision Deportes, a Univision record for the first leg of an Apertura final. Then on Sunday, Univision set another record as 3.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the second leg unfold, making it the top-rated Apertura final since Toluca and Chivas contested the title in 2006. When comparing to previous years’ finals the second leg saw an 18% increase from 2015 (2.8M) and a 10% increase from 2014 (3M).

NBC averaged 520,000 viewers for their special Premier League Boxing Day coverage. Viewership peaked during the 10am ET window as 758,000 watched one of two simultaneous kickoffs on NBCSN and CNBC.

Newcastle United’s Boxing Day fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on beIN SPORTS drew an audience of 38,000, making it the most-viewed Championship match of the season. The English Championship on beIN SPORTS is averaging just under 15,000 viewers with 28 matches broadcast so far this season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 20-26, 2016:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1AméricaTigresLiga MX12/25/16Univision; 232800UDN; 9720003,300,000
2TigresAméricaLiga MX12/22/16Univision; 1941000UDN; 8590002,800,000
3Hull CityMan CityPremier League12/26/16NBCSN; 507000Unvso; 76000583,000
4Man UtdSunderlandPremier League12/26/16NBCSN; 522000—; —522,000
5ChelseaBournemouthPremier League12/26/16CNBC; 209000Unvso; 27000236,000
6WatfordCrystal PalacePremier League12/26/16NBCSN; 218000—; —218,000
7BarcelonaHérculesCopa Del Rey12/21/16—; —beIE; 112000112,000
8KölnLeverkusenBundesliga12/21/16FS2; 14000FOXD; 87000101,000
9BayernLeipzigBundesliga12/21/16FS1; 100000—; —100,000
10DortmundAugsburgBundesliga12/20/16FS1; 73000—; —73,000
11NewcastleSheffield WedChampionship12/26/16beIN; 38000—; —38,000
12Atletico MadridGuijueloCopa Del Rey12/20/16—; —beIE; 3300033,000
13VillarrealToledoCopa Del Rey12/20/16—; —beIE; 2100021,000
14PSGLorientLigue 112/21/16beIN; 21000—; —21,000
15SevillaFormenteraCopa Del Rey12/21/16—; —beIE; 1600016,000
16AthleticSantanderCopa Del Rey12/22/16—; —beIE; 1600016,000
17HamburgSchalkeBundesliga12/20/16FS2; 14000—; —14,000
18MönchengladbachWolfsburgBundesliga12/20/16—; —FOXD; 1400014,000
19AtalantaEmpoliSerie A12/20/16beIN; 14000—; —14,000
20RomaChievoSerie A12/22/16beIN; 14000—; —14,000
21BelenesesSporting CPPrimeira Liga12/22/16—; —UDN; 1100011,000
22ReadingNorwichChampionship12/26/16beIN; 2000—; —2,000

Most-watched leagues on US TV

LeagueAverage
Liga MX804,082
Premier League453,427
MLS292,365
La Liga145,444
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga79,458
Primeira Liga33,000
Serie A27,000
Championship16,714
Ligue 114,000
NASL7,500

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

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