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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 2-9, 2017

Univision’s coverage of the first round of the Liga MX Clasura averaged 883,000 viewers, up 16% from 760,000 in the opening round of the 2016 Apertura. Viewership peaked Saturday night with the most-viewed soccer match last week as nearly 1.6 million tuned into Univision’s coverage of the match between Chivas and Pumas. Four of the top five most viewed matches this week came from Liga MX as Univision has its best Liga MX weekend since averaging 832,000 viewers in early September of last year.

FOX Sports kicked off their 3rd Round coverage of the 2016/2017 English FA Cup with Manchester City’s 5-0 drubbing of West Ham United on Friday. The match averaged a respectable 137,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, greater than any Friday afternoon Bundesliga fixture on the network this season and up from 95,000 in 2016’s corresponding fixture between Exeter City and Liverpool. FOX Sports averaged 211,000 viewers over the nine broadcasted matches on FOX Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and Fox Deportes.

La Liga made its return to American television as Real Madrid took on Granada at 7 AM Eastern on Saturday, the match posted Real Madrid’s worst viewership numbers since they kicked off at 6 AM against Leganes on November 6th. The next day, Barcelona’s match ranked as the club’s 6th most viewed La Liga match of the season as 474,000 watched the Blaugrana draw away to Villarreal.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 2-9, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1ChivasPumasLiga MX1/7/17Univision; 943000UDN; 6490001,592,000
2TigresSantosLiga MX1/7/17Univision; 686000UDN; 3660001,052,000
3TolucaAtlasLiga MX1/8/17Univision; 434000UDN; 182000616,000
4West HamMan UtdPremier League1/2/17NBCSN; 508000Unvso; 54000562,000
5Cruz AzulNecaxaLiga MX1/7/17—; —UDN; 499000499,000
6VillarrealBarcelonaLa Liga1/8/17beIN; 122000beIE; 352000474,000
7PrestonArsenalFA Cup1/7/17FS1; 369000FOXD; 86000455,000
8SpursChelseaPremier League1/4/17NBCSN; 394000Unvso; 35000429,000
9PueblaMonterreyLiga MX1/8/17—; —UDN; 407000407,000
10AthleticBarcelonaCopa Del Rey1/5/17beIN; 61000beIE; 316000377,000
11SunderlandLiverpoolPremier League1/2/17NBCSN; 355000—; —355,000
12SpursAston VillaFA Cup1/8/17FS1; 313000FOXD; 36000349,000
13BournemouthArsenalPremier League1/3/17NBCSN; 319000Unvso; 25000344,000
14Real MadridSevillaCopa Del Rey1/4/17beIN; 71000beIE; 227000298,000
15LiverpoolPlymouth ArgyleFA Cup1/8/17FS1; 242000FOXD; 37000279,000
16Man UtdReadingFA Cup1/7/17FS1; 208000FOXD; 46000254,000
17LeónPachucaLiga MX1/7/17—; —Gala; 249000249,000
18Sutton UtdAFC WimbledonFA Cup1/7/17FS1; 214000FOXD; 28000242,000
19West HamMan CityFA Cup1/6/17FS1; 137000FOXD; 42000179,000
20Real SociedadSevillaLa Liga1/7/17—; —beIE; 142000142,000
21Real MadridGranadaLa Liga1/7/17beIN; 25000beIE; 98000123,000
22EibarAtletico MadridLa Liga1/7/17—; —beIE; 105000105,000
23MiddlesbroughLeicester CityPremier League1/2/17NBCSN; 100000—; —100,000
24Man CityBurnleyPremier League1/2/17CNBC; 82000—; —82,000
25Las PalmasAtlético MadidCopa Del Rey1/3/17beIN; 17000beIE; 6300080,000
26ChelseaPeterboroughFA Cup1/8/17FS2; 71000—; —71,000
27Las PalmasSportingLa Liga1/7/17—; —beIE; 7000070,000
28Real SociedadVillarrealCopa Del Rey1/4/17beIN; 18000beIE; 5000068,000
29Celta VigoMalagaLa Liga1/8/17—; —beIE; 6400064,000
30ValenciaCelta VigoCopa Del Rey1/3/17beIN; 14000beIE; 4400058,000
31Cambridge UtdLeeds UtdFA Cup1/9/17FS2; 46000FOXD; 700053,000
32Real BetisLeganesLa Liga1/8/17—; —beIE; 4500045,000
33EspanyolDeportivoCopa Del Rey1/6/17—; —beIE; 3000030,000
34NapoliSampdoriaSerie A1/7/17beIN; 23000—; —23,000
35BarrowRochdaleFA Cup1/7/17FS2; 17000—; —17,000
36GenoaRomaSerie A1/8/17beIN; 17000—; —17,000
37MonacoAjaccioCoupe de France1/6/17beIN; 15000—; —15,000
38MilanCaliariSerie A1/8/17beIN; 12000—; —12,000

Most-watched leagues on US TV

LeagueAverage
Liga MX883,000
Premier League452,333
MLS292,365
La Liga145,481
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga79,458
Primeira Liga33,000
Serie A26,370
Championship15,688
Ligue 114,389
NASL7,000

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

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