Most-watched soccer games: Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2017

Juventus’ 1-0 defeat of Inter Milan has joined September 25’s match between Fiorentina and AC Milan as the only two Serie A matches to average an audience larger than 100,000 viewers this season. This is due in large part to severe weather in the city of Vigo leading to a postponement of Celta Vigo’s league match against Real Madrid. beIN SPORTS elected to air the Serie A match on their Spanish network (beIN SPORTS en Español) in place of the postponed match. Coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations final was running on beIN’s English network, averaging 39,000 viewers.

In other good news for beIN SPORTS, Ligue 1 also experienced a high point this weekend as 50,000 tuned in for PSG’s match away to Dijon on beIN SPORTS. The number is a great one for Ligue 1 on beIN SPORTS as 70% of matches draw less than 20,000 viewers. Through 20 matches, Ligue 1 is averaging 16,050 viewers on beIN SPORTS.

For the first weekend in 2017, no Liga MX match has surpassed 1 million viewers. Saturday evenings match between Toluca and Tigres fell just 20,000 viewers short. The Premier League on NBC saw a similar situation unfold on Saturday as it failed to draw 1 million viewers for the first time since Leicester City’s shock 4-2 defeat of Manchester City on December 10, 2016.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 31-February 6, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1TigresTolucaLiga MX2/4/17Univision; 677000UDN; 303000980,000
2SpursMiddlesbroughPremier League2/4/17NBC; 815000Unvso; 52000867,000
3PumasPachucaLiga MX2/5/17Univision; 682000UDN; 154000836,000
4USMNTJamaicaInt’l Friendly2/3/17FS1; 338000UniMás/UDN; 477000815,000
5ChivasSantosLiga MX2/4/17UniMás; 482000UDN; 325000807,000
6Leicester CityMan UtdPremier League2/5/17NBCSN; 575000—; —575,000
7Hull CityLiverpoolPremier League2/4/17NBCSN; 493000Unvso; 25000518,000
8ChelseaArsenalPremier League2/4/17NBCSN; 445000Unvso; 52000497,000
9TepicClub AméricaCopa MX2/1/17—; —UDN; 449000449,000
10Cruz AzulQuerétaroLiga MX2/4/17—; —UDN; 364000364,000
11Atlético MadridBarcelonaCopa del Rey2/1/17beIN; 78000beIE; 259000337,000
12PueblaAtlasLiga MX2/5/17—; —UDN; 331000331,000
13BarcelonaAthleticLa Liga2/4/17beIN; 96000beIE; 233000329,000
14Man CitySwansea CityPremier League2/5/17NBCSN; 325000—; —325,000
15LiverpoolChelseaPremier League1/31/17NBCSN; 253000Unvso; 41000294,000
16Man UtdHull CityPremier League2/1/17NBCSN; 163000Unvso; 9000172,000
17VeracruzTolucaCopa MX1/31/17—; —UDN; 171000171,000
18MonterreyDoradosCopa MX2/1/17—; —UDN; 160000160,000
19LeónTijuanaLiga MX2/4/17—; —Gala; 151000151,000
20Atletico MadridLeganésLa Liga2/4/17—; —beIE; 124000124,000
21PortoSporting CPPrimeira Liga2/4/17—; —UDN; 122000122,000
22JuventusInter MilanSerie A2/5/17—; —beIE; 118000118,000
23OaxacaQuerétaroCopa MX1/31/17—; —UDN; 111000111,000
24ValenciaEibarLa Liga2/4/17—; —beIE; 105000105,000
25GijonAlavésLa Liga2/5/17—; —beIE; 9700097,000
26FrankfurtDarmstadtBundesliga2/5/17FS1; 73000FOXD; 1800091,000
27Celta VigoAlavésCopa del Rey2/2/17—; —beIE; 7900079,000
28BayernSchalkeBundesliga2/4/17FS1; 79000—; —79,000
29DortmundLeipzigBundesliga2/4/17FS2; 62000—; —62,000
30Real SociedadOsasunaLa Liga2/5/17—; —beIE; 5800058,000
31HamburgLeverkusenBundesliga2/3/17FS2; 26000FOXD; 2800054,000
32DijonPSGLigue 12/4/17beIN; 50000—; —50,000
33Crystal PalaceSunderlandPremier League2/4/17CNBC; 43000—; —43,000
34EgyptCameroonAfrica Cup of Nations2/5/17beIN; 39000—; —39,000
35AugsburgBremenBundesliga2/5/17FS1; 33000GolTV; —33,000
36CameroonGhanaAfrica Cup of Nations2/2/17beIN; 24000—; —24,000
37BolognaNapoliSerie A2/4/17beIN; 22000—; —22,000
38DeportivoReal BetisLa Liga2/3/17—; —beIE; 2100021,000
39GranadaLas PalmasLa Liga2/6/17—; —beIE; 2100021,000
40WiganSheffield WedChampionship2/3/17beIN; 20000—; —20,000
41Hertha BerlinIngolstadtBundesliga2/4/17—; —FOXD; 1900019,000
42BrentfordAston VillaChampionship1/31/17beIN; 4000beIE; 40008,000
43HoffenheimMainzBundesliga2/4/17FS2; 8000—; —8,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX798,008
Premier League467,548
MLS292,365
La Liga146,321
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga77,729
Primeira Liga34,360
Serie A27,537
Championship16,000
Ligue 116,050
NASL7,000

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

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