Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017

It was a down week overall for soccer TV viewing in this country last week. Total Liga MX viewership was down almost 27% compared to the previous week while total viewership of the Premier League was down 20%.

Saturday afternoon produced the least-watched Premier League match on NBC since November 19, 2016. Only 645,000 viewers tuned in for the 0-0 draw featuring Southampton and Bournemouth. NBC nearly matched that number the following day on its cable network as 631,000 watched Arsenal and Manchester City play to a 2-2 draw.

FOX Sports’ Friday night MLS doubleheader averaged 215,000 viewers from 7:30 pm to midnight ET, bringing FOX’s average MLS audience for the season down to 268,000. FOX’s viewership for MLS has been falling steadily since the opening weekend one month ago. However, viewership is up by 14,000 when compared to this time last season.

It’s a similar story for ESPN. Their Sunday evening match between the Portland Timbers and New England Revolution attracted 266,000 viewers on ESPN2.

It’s likely things will turn around soon as MLS returns to the primary ESPN network next week then makes its first of four appearances on the over-the-air FOX broadcast network this season on April 15.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
14/1/17Liga MXAmérica / MonterreyUnivision; 835000UDN; 4650001,300,000
24/1/17Liga MXTigres / LeónUnivision; 497000UDN; 242000739,000
34/1/17Premier LeagueSouthampton / BournemouthNBC; 645000—; —645,000
44/2/17Premier LeagueArsenal / Man CityNBCSN; 631000—; —631,000
54/2/17La LigaGranada / BarcelonabeIN; 118000beIE; 393000511,000
64/1/17Premier LeagueChelsea / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 448000Unvso; 47000495,000
74/2/17Liga MXToluca / NecaxaUnivision; 326000UDN; 110000436,000
84/2/17La LigaReal Madrid / AlavésbeIN; 77000beIE; 246000323,000
94/1/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / EvertonNBCSN; 287000Unvso; 19000306,000
103/31/17MLSSeattle Sounders / Atlanta UnitedFS1; 224000FOXD; 47000271,000
114/2/17MLSPortland Timbers / New England RevolutionESPN2; 266000ESPND; —266,000
124/2/17Premier LeagueSwansea City / MiddlesbroughNBCSN; 256000—; —256,000
134/1/17Liga MXChiapas / Pumas—; —UDN; 226000226,000
144/2/17Liga MXSantos / Querétaro—; —UDN; 192000192,000
154/1/17MLSColumbus Crew / Orlando CityUniMás; 117000UDN; 48000165,000
163/31/17MLSToronto FC / Sporting Kansas CityFS1; 113000FOXD; 46000159,000
174/1/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / West BromCNBC; 151000—; —151,000
184/2/17La LigaValencia / Deportivo—; —beIE; 8900089,000
194/1/17La LigaMálaga / Atlético Madrid—; —beIE; 8500085,000
204/2/17BundesligaIngolstadt / MainzFS1; 51000FOXD; 2300074,000
213/31/17FriendlyMexico Legends / La Liga LegendsbeIN; 8000beIE; 5800066,000
224/1/17La LigaSociedad / Leganés—; —beIE; 6300063,000
234/1/17BundesligaFrankfurt / MönchengladbachFS2; 14000FOXD; 4300057,000
244/2/17BundesligaLeverkusen / WolfsburgFS2; 15000FOXD; 4000055,000
254/1/17Coupe de la LigueMonaco / PSGbeIN; 54000—; —54,000
264/1/17Liga MXPachuca / Puebla—; —Unvso; 4800048,000
274/1/17BundesligaSchalke / DortmundFS2; 33000—; —33,000
283/31/17La LigaEspanyol / Real Betis—; —beIE; 2500025,000
294/1/17La LigaOsasuna / Athletic—; —beIE; 2300023,000
303/31/17BundesligaHertha Berlin / HoffenheimFS2; 20000—; —20,000
314/1/17Serie ASassuolo / LaziobeIN; 15000—; —15,000
324/1/17BundesligaRB Leipzig / Darmstadt—; —FOXD; 1000010,000
333/31/17EFL ChampionshipDerby / QPRbeIN; 3000—; —3,000
344/1/17EFL ChampionshipBrentford / BristolbeIN; 3000—; —3,000
354/1/17NASLCosmos / Miami FCbeIN; 3000—; —3,000

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX787,737
Premier League464,038
UEFA CL430,955
MLS278,545
La Liga153,624
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga73,417
Primeira Liga36,000
Serie A25,527
Ligue 116,636
Championship14,833
NASL2,500

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

LeagueOverallESPNFOX ( /NBC )Univision
2017 MLS261,667318,333268,833226,167
2016 MLS266,467279,094264,656247,148
2015 MLS240,000142,000
2014 MLS220,000112,000
2013 MLS311,000125,000

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

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