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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 10-16, 2017

Liga MX ratings remained strong last week as 1.5 million tuned in to watch Univision’s broadcast of Monterrey take on Chivas de Guadalajara, making it the most-watched Liga MX match ever in the 8-10pm ET timeslot. The most-watched game in the 8-10pm ET timeslot of the 2016 Clasura also featured Monterrey as they took on Club America in front of an audience of 1.4 million.

Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash between the two most recent champions, Chelsea and Leicester City, became the fourth Premier League game this season to surpass the 1 million viewer mark on English-language television. Staying in England, Sunday’s matchup between rivals Manchester United and Liverpool was watched by 881,000 on NBCSN, making it the most viewed Premier League match on a cable network this season by over 136,000. As a bonus, NBC’s broadcast of the second half of the match on network TV bumped the viewing audience up to 1.32 million. The previous high was Liverpool’s exciting 4-3 away win against Arsenal in the opening round of play. That match drew an audience of 745,000.

On the networks of beIN SPORTS, 658,000 watched as Sevilla put an end to Real Madrid’s historic 40 match unbeaten run. This is the largest audience for a La Liga match, outside of El Clásico, this season. Excluding El Clásico, the match also ranked as the most-watched on beIN Sports’ Spanish network and the second most watched on the English network. Through 18 rounds, La Liga broadcasts featuring Real Madrid (17) are averaging 426,471 viewers.

Also on Saturday, the Africa Cup of Nations got underway with beIN SPORTS’s first three broadcasts from the opening round averaging nearly 20,000 viewers. Coverage continues with games every day at 11 am and 2 pm ET through the conclusion of the group play January 25 on either beIN SPORTS or beIN SPORTS Connect.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 10-16, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1MonterreyChivasLiga MX1/14/17Univision; 857000UDN; 6430001,500,000
2Man UtdLiverpoolPremier League1/15/17NBCSN; 881000NBC; 4390001,320,000
3Leicester CityChelseaPremier League1/14/17NBCSN; 1012000Unvso; 780001,090,000
4PumasCruz AzulLiga MX1/15/17Univision; 565000UDN; 230000795,000
5SevillaReal MadridLa Liga1/15/17beIN; 158000beIE; 500000658,000
6TolucaAméricaLiga MX1/15/17—; —UDN; 624000624,000
7SantosVeracruzLiga MX1/15/17—; —UDN; 491000491,000
8Swansea CityArsenalPremier League1/14/17NBCSN; 440000Unvso; 31000471,000
9EvertonMan CityPremier League1/15/17NBCSN; 436000—; —436,000
10NecaxaLeónLiga MX1/14/17—; —UDN; 389000389,000
11BarcelonaAthleticCopa Del Rey1/11/17—; —beIE; 310000310,000
12BarcelonaLas PalmasLa Liga1/14/17beIN; 81000beIE; 225000306,000
13QuerétaroMoreliaLiga MX1/14/17—; —UDN; 284000284,000
14SevillaReal MadridCopa Del Rey1/12/17beIN; 42000beIE; 216000258,000
15SpursWest BromPremier League1/14/17NBCSN; 228000Unvso; 19000247,000
16Atletico MadridReal BetisLa Liga1/14/17—; —beIE; 121000121,000
17GranadaOsasunaLa Liga1/15/17—; —beIE; 100000100,000
18DeportivoVillarrealLa Liga1/14/17—; —beIE; 9400094,000
19Costa RicaEl SalvadorCopa Centroamericana1/13/17—; —UDN; 8400084,000
20PanamaBelizeCopa Centroamericana1/13/17—; —UDN; 8000080,000
21Atlético MadridLas PalmasCopa Del Rey1/10/17—; —beIE; 7800078,000
22Man UtdHull CityLeague Cup1/10/17beIN; 77000—; —77,000
23Celta VigoAlavésLa Liga1/15/17—; —beIE; 7200072,000
24PachucaChiapasLiga MX1/14/17—; —Unvso; 5800058,000
25VillarrealReal SociedadCopa Del Rey1/11/17—; —beIE; 5700057,000
26SouthamptonLiverpoolLeague Cup1/11/17beIN; 55000—; —55,000
27West HamCrystal PalacePremier League1/14/17CNBC; 45000—; —45,000
28MálagaReal SociedadLa Liga1/16/17—; —beIE; 4000040,000
29Celta VigoValenciaCopa Del Rey1/12/17—; —beIE; 3700037,000
30Leeds UtdDerby CountyChampionship1/13/17beIN; 15000beIE; 1500030,000
31HondurasNicaraguaCopa Centroamericana1/13/17—; —UDN; 2900029,000
32WolfsburgBahiaFlorida Cup1/12/17—; —FOXD; 2600026,000
33Burkina FasoCameroonAfrica Cup of Nations1/14/17beIN; 24000—; —24,000
34River PlateMillonariosFlorida Cup1/15/17—; —FOXD; 2100021,000
35Côte d’IvoireTogoAfrica Cup of Nations1/16/17beIN; 21000—; —21,000
36AlgeriaZimbabweAfrica Cup of Nations1/15/17beIN; 14000—; —14,000
37TorinoMilanSerie A1/16/17beIN; 13000—; —13,000
38UdineseRomaSerie A1/15/17beIN; 12000—; —12,000
39ChavesSporting CPPrimeira Liga1/14/17—; —UDN; 1100011,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX777,818
Premier League464,257
MLS292,365
La Liga148,181
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga79,458
Primeira Liga31,842
Serie A25,792
Championship15,688
Ligue 114,389
NASL7,000

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

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