Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017

Liga MX had two matches surpass 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017 as 1.077 million watched Tigres and Morelia play to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Following that, Club América defeated Cruz Azul 2-0 in front of 1.675 million viewers, the third largest audience for a Liga MX match this season and the sixth to average more than 1.5 million.

Univision has now seen at least two matches per weekend average greater than 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017, through eight rounds of play.

The EFL Cup final on beIN SPORTS, contested by Southampton and Manchester United, was watched by 226,000 viewers on Sunday, an 18% drop in viewership from last season when Manchester City lifted the trophy. The number was also lower than all NBCSN’s Premier League matches. Over on beIN SPORTS en Español, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona kicked off an hour prior to the EFL Cup final. That match averaged 519,000 viewers.

UEFA Champions League first leg games averaged 457,000 viewers per day on FOX Sports Networks. Viewership peaked on February 14 as 557,000 watched Barcelona’s shock 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. In the Europa League, only Manchester United’s matches against Saint-Étienne managed to draw audiences larger than 100,000 viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017:

RankHomeAwayCompetitionDateTV1TV2Total
1AméricaCruz AzulLiga MX2/25/17Univision; 1012000UDN; 6630001,675,000
2TigresMoreliaLiga MX2/25/17Univision; 633000UDN; 4440001,077,000
3VillarrealReal MadridLa Liga2/26/17beIN; 151000beIE; 461000612,000
4TolucaPueblaLiga MX2/26/17Univision; 433000UDN; 162000595,000
5Atlético MadridBarcelonaLa Liga2/26/17—; —beIE; 519000519,000
6ChiapasChivasLiga MX2/26/17—; —UDN; 491000491,000
7ChelseaSwansea CityPremier League2/25/17NBCSN; 422000Unvso; 52000474,000
8Man CityMonacoUEFA Champions League2/21/17FS1; 262000FOXD; 111000373,000
9SpursStokePremier League2/26/17NBCSN; 354000—; —354,000
10QuerétaroPumasLiga MX2/25/17—; —UDN; 305000305,000
11TigresPumasCONCACAF CL2/22/17—; —UDN; 274000274,000
12SouthamptonMan UtdEFL Cup2/26/17beIN; 226000—; —226,000
13PortoJuventusUEFA Champions League2/22/17FS2; 66000FOXD; 129000195,000
14SevillaLeicester CityUEFA Champions League2/22/17FS1; 191000—; —191,000
15SaprissaPachucaCONCACAF CL2/21/17—; —UDN; 160000160,000
16ValenciaReal MadridLa Liga2/22/17beIN; 44000beIE; 108000152,000
17MexicoHondurasNA U20 Champ2/23/17—; —UDN; 144000144,000
18Saint-ÉtienneMan UtdUEFA Europa League2/22/17FS1; 124000—; —124,000
19LeverkusenMainzBundesliga2/25/17—; —FOXD; 109000109,000
20FC DallasArabe UnidoCONCACAF CL2/23/17—; —UDN; 9300093,000
21NY Red BullsWhitecapsCONCACAF CL2/22/17—; —UDN; 8700087,000
23LeganésDeportivoLa Liga2/25/17—; —beIE; 6700067,000
22MiddlesbroughCrystal PalacePremier League2/25/17CNBC; 67000—; —67,000
24MexicoTrinidadNA Beach Soccer2/24/17—; —UDN; 6500065,000
25BetisSevillaLa Liga2/25/17—; —beIE; 6500065,000
26USASt. Kitts and NevisNA U20 Champ2/24/17—; —UDN; 6100061,000
27USAHaitiNA U20 Champ2/21/17—; —UDN; 5800058,000
28SpursGentUEFA Europa League2/23/17FS2; 58000—; —58,000
29PachucaVeracruzLiga MX2/25/17—; —Unvso; 5400054,000
30LeverkusenAtletico MadridUEFA Champions League2/21/17FS2; 49000—; —49,000
31SchalkeHoffenheimBundesliga2/26/17FS2; 48000—; —48,000
32EibarMálagaLa Liga2/25/17—; —beIE; 4500045,000
33IngolstadtMönchengladbachBundesliga2/26/17FS2; 29000FOXD; 1400043,000
34Las PalmasReal SociedadLa Liga2/24/17beIN; 12000beIE; 2700039,000
35BayernHamburgBundesliga2/25/17FS2; 35000—; —35,000
36WolfsburgBremenBundesliga2/24/17FS2; 29000—; —29,000
37MexicoBarbadosNA Beach Soccer2/23/17—; —UDN; 2800028,000
38JuventusEmpoliSerie A2/25/17beIN; 25000—; —25,000
39PanamaEl SalvadorNA Beach Soccer2/22/17—; —UDN; 2300023,000
40APOELBilbaoUEFA Europa League2/23/17FS2; 21000—; —21,000
41SassuoloMilanSerie A2/26/17beIN; 17000—; —17,000
43PanamaHaitiNA U20 Champ2/24/17—; —UDN; 1500015,000
42OsmanlısporOlympiakosUEFA Europa League2/23/17FS2; 15000—; —15,000
44Antigua and BarbudaUSANA Beach Soccer2/22/17—; —UDN; 1300013,000
45El SalvadorTurks and CaicosNA Beach Soccer2/21/17—; —UDN; 1200012,000
46SchalkePAOKUEFA Europa League2/22/17FS2; 9000—; —9,000
47Hertha BerlinFrankfurtBundesliga2/25/17FS2; 7000—; —7,000
48Costa RicaPanamaNA Beach Soccer2/21/17—; —UDN; 50005,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX799,214
Premier League467,947
MLS292,365
La Liga149,854
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga76,320
Primeira Liga36,935
Serie A25,923
Championship16,028
Ligue 116,000
NASL7,000

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

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