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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of December 27-January 1, 2017

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It was a fantastic New Year’s Eve for the Premier League on NBC as Saturday afternoon’s match between Liverpool and Manchester City was watched by over 1.2 million people, which was the first Premier League match this season to pass that mark. When factoring in the audience watching on NBC Universo, the match averaged an impressive 1.377 million viewers.

The Premier League on NBC beat out college basketball on CBS by 24,000 viewers with both games kicking (or tipping) off at the same time. The Premier League on NBC also outdrew the NHL Centennial Classic, airing the next day on NBC, by 300,000 viewers.

The Scottish Premiership made its return to FOX Sports 1 last weekend as Celtic came back to defeat Rangers 2-1 in the final league meeting between the two rivals. The New Year’s Eve date along with a lack of competition from the English Premier League helped to boost viewing numbers in the United States by 165% as 61,000 tuned in on FOX Sports 1.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 27-January 1, 2017:

1LiverpoolMan CityPremier League12/31/16NBC; 1235000Unvso; 1420001,377,000
2Man UtdMiddlesbroughPremier League12/31/16NBCSN; 586000Unvso; 72000658,000
3ArsenalCrystal PalacePremier League1/1/17NBCSN; 481000—; —481,000
4LiverpoolStokePremier League12/27/16NBCSN; 293000—; —293,000
5WatfordSpursPremier League1/1/17NBCSN; 265000—; —265,000
6SouthamptonSpursPremier League12/28/16NBCSN; 241000—; —241,000
7Hull CityEvertonPremier League12/30/16NBCSN; 136000—; —136,000
8RangersCelticScottish Premiership12/31/16FS1; 61000—; —61,000
9Aston VillaLeeds UtdChampionship12/29/16beIN; 25000—; —25,000
10DerbyBirminghamChampionship12/27/16beIN; 4000—; —4,000
11BrentfordNorwichChampionship12/31/16beIN; 4000—; —4,000
12PrestonSheffield WedChampionship12/31/16beIN; 1000—; —1,000

Most-watched leagues on US TV

Liga MX806,144
Premier League455,604
La Liga145,444
Primeira Liga33,000
Serie A27,000
Ligue 114,000

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

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  1. Paul

    January 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    If only 1000 watched Preston v Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship then maybe beIN are charging subscribers too much.

  2. Des

    January 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    This is great information to use. Thanks. Just want to know if MLS lovers can say why this is that their league is not getting the viewers they desire.

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