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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 17-23, 2017

Saturday afternoon’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur posted 1.16 million viewers on the NBC broadcast network. This number ties the match between Hull City and Manchester United in the opening round of fixtures as the second most watched Premier League match on NBC this season. This also marks the fourth consecutive week that a Premier League match has drawn more than 1 million viewers.

It was another huge weekend for Liga MX as the two most popular clubs in Mexico, Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara, featured on the Univision network Saturday night. Over 1.7 million people watched as Club América fell to Tigres by a score of 4-2. Following that match, 1.55 million saw Chivas lose to the now league leaders Club Tijuana. Both clubs will not feature on the Univision network like this again until February 11th with the Súper Clásico occurring the following week on February 18.

The Bundesliga returned from its annual winter break last Friday on FOX Sports 1 in what was the least watched Friday night fixture on the network since Köln defeated Freiburg 3-0 on September 16. Viewership unsurprisingly peaked on Sunday when Bayer Leverkusen, with Mexican International Javier Hernández took on a Hertha Berlin side that featured US International John Brooks. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes combined to produce 103,000 viewers for the match.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 17-23, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1TigresAméricaLiga MX1/21/17Univision; 973000UDN; 7470001,720,000
2ChivasTijuanaLiga MX1/21/17Univision; 868000UDN; 6820001,550,000
3Man CitySpursPremier League1/21/17NBC; 1160000Unvso; 930001,253,000
4TolucaChiapasLiga MX1/22/17Univision; 574000—; —574,000
5Cruz AzulMonterreyLiga MX1/21/17—; —UDN; 534000534,000
6Stoke CityMan UtdPremier League1/21/17NBCSN; 487000Unvso; 41000528,000
7ChelseaHull CityPremier League1/22/17NBCSN; 516000—; —516,000
8EibarBarcelonaLa Liga1/22/17beIN; 104000beIE; 391000495,000
9ArsenalBurnleyPremier League1/22/17NBCSN; 406000Unvso; 55000461,000
10AméricaSantosCopa MX1/18/17—; —UDN; 401000401,000
11Real MadridMalagaLa LIga1/21/17beIN; 111000beIE; 215000326,000
12Real MadridCelta VigoCopa del Rey1/18/17beIN; 45000beIE; 271000316,000
13Real SociedadBarcelonaCopa del Rey1/19/17beIN; 81000beIE; 217000298,000
14LiverpoolSwansea CityPremier League1/21/17NBCSN; 255000Unvso; 38000293,000
15PueblaQuerétaroLiga MX1/22/17—; —UDN; 281000281,000
16QuerétaroCruz AzulCopa MX1/18/17—; —Gala; 208000208,000
17LeónPumasLiga MX1/21/17—; —Gala; 173000173,000
18PanamaHondurasCopa Centroamericana1/17/17—; —UDN; 144000144,000
19PanamaEl SalvadorCopa Centroamericana1/20/17—; —UDN; 138000138,000
20HondurasCosta RicaCopa Centroamericana1/20/17—; —UDN; 137000137,000
21VillarrealValenciaLa Liga1/21/17—; —beIE; 134000134,000
22PlymouthLiverpoolFA Cup1/18/17FS1; 111000FOXD; 20000131,000
23Real BetisSportingLa Liga1/22/17—; —beIE; 131000131,000
24PanamaCosta RicaCopa Centroamericana1/22/17—; —UDN; 130000130,000
25AthleticAtletico MadridLa Liga1/22/17—; —beIE; 121000121,000
26SouthamptonLeicester CityPremier League1/22/17NBCSN; 121000—; —121,000
27LeónMoreliaCopa MX1/18/17—; —UDN; 105000105,000
28LeverkusenHerthaBundesliga1/22/17FS1; 24000FOXD; 79000103,000
29El SalvadorNicaraguaCopa Centroamericana1/22/17—; —UDN; 9600096,000
30Costa RicaNicaraguaCopa Centroamericana1/17/17—; —UDN; 8900089,000
31Atlético MadridEibarCopa del Rey1/19/17beIN; 24000beIE; 6400088,000
32AlavesLeganesLa Liga1/21/17—; —beIE; 7900079,000
33Crystal PalaceEvertonPremier League1/21/17CNBC; 56000—; —56,000
34El SalvadorBelizeCopa Centroamericana1/17/17—; —UDN; 5400054,000
35FreiburgBayernBundesliga1/20/17FS1; 54000—; —54,000
36BremenDortmundBundesliga1/21/17FS1; 49000—; —49,000
37LeipzigFrankfurtBundesliga1/21/17FS2; 13000FOXD; 3400047,000
38Lincoln CityIpswich TownFA Cup1/17/17FS1; 35000FOXD; 600041,000
39MilanNapoliSerie A1/21/17beIN; 40000—; —40,000
40BelizeHondurasCopa Centroamericana1/22/17—; —UDN; 4000040,000
41PortoRio AvePrimeira Liga1/21/17—; —UDN; 3700037,000
42NicaraguaBelizeCopa Centroamericana1/20/17—; —UDN; 3400034,000
43AlcorcónAlavésCopa del Rey1/18/17beIN; 7000beIE; 2400031,000
44MainzKölnBundesliga1/22/17FS2; 13000FOXD; 1500028,000
45MoroccoTogoAfrica Cup of Nations1/20/17beIN; 25000—; —25,000
46MaliEgyptAfrica Cup of Nations1/17/17beIN; 23000—; —23,000
47GabonBurkina FasoAfrica Cup of Nations1/18/17beIN; 21000—; —21,000
48GhanaUgandaAfrica Cup of Nations1/17/17beIN; 20000—; —20,000
49AugsburgHoffenheimBundesliga1/21/17FS2; 3000FOXD; 1500018,000
50OsasunaSevillaLa Liga1/22/17—; —beIE; 1800018,000
51Las PalmasDeportivoLa Liga1/20/17—; —beIE; 1700017,000
52 PalermoInter MilanSerie A1/22/17beIN; 17000—; —17,000
53MarítimoSporting CPPrimeira Liga1/21/17—; —UDN; 1300013,000
54Côte d’IvoireCongo DRAfrica Cup of Nations1/20/17beIN; 12000—; —12,000
55AlgeriaTunisiaAfrica Cup of Nations1/19/17beIN; 10000—; —10,000
56JuventusLazioSerie A1/22/17beIN; 10000—; —10,000
57ZimbabweTunisiaAfrica Cup of Nations1/23/17beIN; 8000—; —8,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX836,750
Premier League467,975
MLS292,365
La Liga149,110
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga78,182
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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  1. FanaticoSocceroo

    January 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Why has the Bundesliga such low numbers on Fox?
    Could it be that there is an age gap between Bundesliga and Premier League? I just checked youtube and the FoxSports channel showing Bundesliga highlights has much more views than the NBCSN channel that shows EPL highlights. And those channels can only be watched from US.
    So, older people still watching their games on TV while youger audiences watching somewhere else. And thats the result of the ratings?

    LaLiga has also weak numbers, which is unusual when you have the best league, the biggest superstars in Messi and Ronaldo and you have a large latino community in the US.

    Frankly I dont understand these numbers at all. Well, except the very good LigaMX numbers. They make sense when you have a lot of people that moved from Mexico.

    • Collin Werner

      January 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      I think the biggest reason that Bundesliga numbers remain low on American television is just the fact that it is still new to American television. Last season, the Bundesliga’s first on FOX, was also the first time that the Bundesliga became accessible to most cable customers in the United States. The Premier League has been accessible to Americans in some form or another for years and years whereas the Bundesliga had virtually no presence on US television since Soccer Made in Germany ended its run on PBS in 1988.

      • francis

        January 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

        To be fair Fox Soccer Channel, GOLTV and ESPN Deportes have all shown Bundesliga over the last decade or so . Granted those channels did not have wide reach, but the league was not totally invisible. It’s a fantastic league to watch – a bit like the 1990’s EPL – hopefully younger folks who aren’t as locked in to the Prem & La Liga will start to tune in

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