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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 24-30, 2017

FOX Sports continued their coverage of the FA Cup by broadcasting 7 matches from the 4th round last weekend. This bumped all Bundesliga matches from the primary FOX Sports network onto the less popular FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus networks. As a result, only 27,000 people tuned in to FS2 to watch Saturday afternoon’s game between Javier Hernandez’s Bayer Leverkusen take on Fabian Johnson’s Borussia Monchengladbach. But combined with the FOX Deportes number, the more respectable viewing number was 149,000 for the game that faced direct competition from Arsenal’s 5-0 thumping of Southampton on FOX Sports 1.

The next day, Manchester United’s match against Wigan provided FOX Sports 1’s largest soccer viewership since the United States faced Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup Qualifying match on September 6 before an audience of 550,000.

Club América’s 1-0 defeat of Veracruz averaged 1.341 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, making it the 5th most-watched Liga MX match of the Clasura thus far. This also marks the fourth consecutive week that at least one Liga MX match has averaged an audience larger than 1 million.

Sunday on beIN SPORTS, 49,000 people watched on as Ghana advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, a high point for the tournament. So far, beIN SPORTS have broadcast 14 matches, with each match attracting 22,500 viewers on average.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 24-30, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1AméricaVeracruzLiga MX1/28/17Univision; 814000UDN; 5270001,341,000
2USMNTSerbiaInt’l Friendly1/29/17ESPN2; 596000UniMás/UDN; 376000972,000
3MonterreyLeónLiga MX1/28/17Univision; 574000UDN; 372000946,000
4PumasNecaxaLiga MX1/29/17Univision; 454000UDN; 170000624,000
5Real MadridReal SociedadLa Liga1/29/17beIN; 167000beIE; 363000530,000
6QuerétaroChivasLiga MX1/28/17—; —UDN; 477000477,000
7Man UtdWiganFA Cup1/29/17FS1; 396000FOXD; 65000461,000
8ChivasAtalanteCopa MX1/24/17—; —UDN; 347000347,000
9ChelseaBrentfordFA Cup1/28/17FS1; 305000FOXD; 42000347,000
10SouthamptonArsenalFA Cup1/28/17FS1; 288000—; —288,000
11BarcelonaReal SociedadCopa del Rey1/26/17—; —beIE; 263000263,000
12Celta VigoReal MadridCopa del Rey1/25/17—; —beIE; 234000234,000
13Sutton UtdLeeds UtdFA Cup1/29/17FS1; 176000FOXD; 9000185,000
14SantosTepicCopa MX1/24/17—; —UDN; 184000184,000
15SantosPueblaLiga MX1/29/17—; —UDN; 178000178,000
16LiverpoolWolvesFA Cup1/28/17FS1; 131000FOXD; 34000165,000
17LeverkusenMönchengladbachBundesliga1/28/17FS2; 27000FOXD; 122000149,000
18JuárezMonterreyCopa MX1/25/17—; —UDN; 142000142,000
19PachucaTolucaLiga MX1/28/17—; —Unvso; 138000138,000
20EspanyolSevillaLa Liga1/29/17—; —beIE; 119000119,000
21Cruz AzulOaxacaCopa MX1/24/17—; —Gala; 107000107,000
22Real BetisBarcelonaLa Liga1/29/17beIN; 27000beIE; 76000103,000
23MillwallWatfordFA Cup1/29/17FS1; 102000—; —102,000
24AlavésAtletico MadridLa Liga1/28/17—; —beIE; 101000101,000
25DerbyLeicester CityFA Cup1/27/17FS1; 97000—; —97,000
26AthleticSportingLa Liga1/29/17—; —beIE; 9400094,000
27Hull CityManchester UnitedLeague Cup1/26/17beIN; 79000—; —79,000
28LeganésCelta VigoLa Liga1/28/17—; —beIE; 7600076,000
29LiverpoolSouthamptonLeague Cup1/25/17beIN; 70000—; —70,000
30EibarDeportivoLa Liga1/28/17—; —beIE; 6600066,000
31EibarAtlético MadidCopa del Rey1/25/17—; —beIE; 5800058,000
32Schlake 04FrankfurtBundesliga1/27/17FS2; 16000FOXD; 3600052,000
33Las PalmasValenciaLa Liga1/30/17—; —beIE; 5100051,000
34Congo DRGhanaAfrica Cup of Nations1/29/17beIN; 49000—; —49,000
35SenegalCameroonAfrica Cup of Nations1/28/17beIN; 44000—; —44,000
36SassuoloJuventusSerie A1/29/17beIN; 42000—; —42,000
37BremenBayernBundesliga1/28/17FS2; 40000—; —40,000
38OsasunaMálagaLa Liga1/27/17—; —beIE; 3900039,000
39Sporting CPFerreiraPrimeira Liga1/28/17—; —UDN; 3400034,000
40EstorilPortoPrimeira Liga1/28/17—; —UDN; 3000030,000
41MoroccoCôte d’IvoireAfrica Cup of Nations1/24/17beIN; 26000—; —26,000
42AlavésAlcorcónCopa del Rey1/24/17—; —beIE; 2100021,000
43Burkina FasoTunisiaAfrica Cup of Nations1/28/17beIN; 19000—; —19,000
44VitóriaBenficaPrimeira Liga1/30/17—; —UDN; 1800018,000
45MarseilleMontpellierLigue 11/27/17beIN; 12000—; —12,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX813,905
Premier League467,395
MLS292,365
La Liga148,058
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga78,263
Primeira Liga30,708
Serie A25,904
Championship15,688
Ligue 114,263
NASL7,000

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

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. NaBUru38

    February 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    So English soccer can draw 300k on Fox Sports 1. But not the Bundesliga.

    • Lakersfan

      February 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Weird since Bundesliga matches and production is more tv friendly.

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