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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017

The World Cup qualifiers involving Mexico and the United States unsurprisingly topped the ratings charts for FIFA’s March international window. All four matches involving those nations averaged more than 1.6 million viewers, with each peaking on Friday, March 24. The United States’ 6-0 dismantling of Honduras provided FS1 with its largest soccer audience of 2017 while Mexico’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica topped the February 18 Mexican Super Clásico to become the most-watched soccer match so far this year. 


In the domestic leagues, the 0-0 draw between the New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake drew 146,000 viewers on UniMás Saturday. Just a few hours later, beIN SPORTS kicked off their coverage of the 2017 North American Soccer League Spring season to a disappointing 2,000 viewers for their broadcast featuring Puerto Rico FC and the New York Cosmos. The 2016 NASL Spring season opener on beIN SPORTS last year between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami FC drew 21,000 viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
13/24/17CONCACAF WCQMexico / Costa RicaFS2; 70000Univision; 31180003,188,000
23/24/17CONCACAF WCQUSMNT / HondurasFS1; 579000Univision; 16210002,200,000
33/28/17CONCACAF WCQTrinidad / MexicobeIN; 86000Telemundo; 17500001,836,000
43/28/17CONCACAF WCQPanama / United StatesbeIN; 281000Telemundo; 14100001,691,000
53/23/17CONMEBOL WCQArgentina / Chile—; —beIE; 597000597,000
63/28/17CONMEBOL WCQBrazil / Paraguay—; —beIE; 449000449,000
73/26/17UEFA WCQEngland / LithuaniaFS2; 146000UniMás/UDN; 222000368,000
83/28/17CONMEBOL WCQChile / Venezuela—; —beIE; 270000270,000
93/28/17CONMEBOL WCQBolivia / Argentina—; —beIE; 258000258,000
103/23/17CONMEBOL WCQColombia / BoliviabeIN; 37000beIE; 206000243,000
113/24/17CONCACAF WCQTrinidad / PanamabeIN; 147000Unvso; 53000200,000
123/25/17UEFA WCQPortugal / HungaryFS2; 77000FOXD; 120000197,000
133/26/17UEFA WCQAzerbaijan / GermanyESPN2; 194000—; —194,000
143/28/17CONCACAF WCQHonduras / Costa Rica—; —Unvso; 175000175,000
153/28/17Int’l FriendlyFrance / SpainESPN2; 155000—; —155,000
163/25/17MLSNew York Red Bulls / Real Salt LakeUniMás; 146000—; —146,000
173/23/17CONMEBOL WCQUruguay / BrazilbeIN; 137000—; —137,000
183/26/17FriendlyAmérica / Morelia—; —UDN; 133000133,000
193/28/17CONMEBOL WCQEcuador / ColombiabeIN; 128000—; —128,000
203/25/17FriendlyCruz Azul / Pumas—; —UDN; 127000127,000
213/25/17UEFA WCQSweden / BelarusFS2; 76000FOXD; 47000123,000
223/24/17UEFA WCQItaly / AlbaniaFS2; 35000UDN; 5800093,000
233/26/17UEFA WCQMontenegro / PolandFS2; 71000—; —71,000
243/25/17FriendlySeattle Sounders / Necaxa—; —UDN; 4700047,000
253/24/17UEFA WCQTurkey / FinlandFS2; 26000UDN; 1800044,000
263/25/17UEFA WCQBelgium / Greece—; —UDN; 3900039,000
273/28/17Int’l FriendlyNetherlands / ItalybeIN; 22000—; —22,000
283/25/17Segunda DivisionReal Oviedo / Girona—; —beIE; 50005,000
293/25/17NASLPuerto Rico / CosmosbeIN; 2000—; —2,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX806,923
Premier League462,954
UEFA CL430,955
MLS278,545
La Liga153,327
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga74,491
Primeira Liga36,000
Serie A25,764
Ligue 116,636
Championship15,425
NASL2,000

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

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