Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 3-9, 2017

Major League Soccer viewership continued to decline last week as the match between Orlando City and New York Red Bulls on ESPN drew just 233,000 viewers, nearly 150,000 viewers fewer than the friendly match between the United States Women’s National Team and Russia. Orlando-New York Red Bulls was the least-viewed program on ESPN for that day.

Last Saturday’s Bundesliga matchup between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund averaged 261,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes to become the most-watched Bundesliga match on cable and the fourth most watched match overall this season. The top spot goes to the reverse fixture when 426,000 tuned in on the FOX broadcast network back on November 19, 2016.

Napoli’s 3-0 defeat of Lazio lat Sunday drew 58,000 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español to become the fifth most-watched Serie A match of the season and the third most-watched in Spanish. Also on beIN SPORTS, both the Madrid Derby and Barcelona’s match against Malaga managed to break the 500,000 viewer mark on Saturday.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 3-9, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
14/8/17Liga MXChivas / PueblaUnivision; 748000UDN; 4690001,217,000
24/8/17Liga MXMonterrey / ChiapasUnivision; 484000UDN; 267000751,000
34/8/17Premier LeagueBournemouth / ChelseaNBCSN; 663000Unvso; 26000689,000
44/9/17Liga MXPumas / TolucaUnivision; 505000UDN; 184000689,000
54/5/17Copa MXMonterrey / Chivas—; —UDN; 648000648,000
64/8/17La LigaMalaga / BarcelonabeIN; 114000beIE; 431000545,000
74/8/17La LigaReal Madrid / Atlético MadridbeIN; 155000beIE; 347000502,000
84/4/17CONCACAF CLPachuca / FC Dallas—; —UDN; 448000448,000
94/9/17Premier LeagueSunderland / Man UtdNBCSN; 420000—; —420,000
104/9/17Premier LeagueEverton / Leicester CityNBCSN; 387000—; —387,000
114/5/17Premier LeagueChelsea / Man CityNBCSN; 287000Unvso; 37000324,000
124/8/17Premier LeagueHull City / Man CityNBCSN; 281000Unvso; 26000307,000
134/9/17Liga MXSantos / Pachuca—; —UDN; 298000298,000
144/8/17Liga MXCruz Azul / Morelia—; —UDN; 293000293,000
154/8/17Premier LeagueSpurs / WatfordNBCSN; 251000Unvso; 14000265,000
164/8/17BundesligaBayern / DortmundFS1; 174000FOXD; 87000261,000
174/6/17Int’l Friendly (W)United States / RussiaFS1; 253000—; —253,000
184/5/17La LigaLeganés / Real MadridbeIN; 56000beIE; 182000238,000
194/9/17MLSOrlando City / New York Red BullsESPN; 233000—; —233,000
204/4/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / EvertonNBCSN; 219000Unvso; 9000228,000
214/5/17CONCACAF CLVancouver / Tigres—; —Gala; 185000185,000
224/5/17La LigaBarcelona / SevillabeIN; 39000beIE; 139000178,000
234/9/17MLSSporting Kansas City / Colorado RapidsFS1; 152000FOXD; 26000178,000
244/8/17MLSDC United / New York CityUniMás; 131000UDN; 42000173,000
254/8/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / Stoke CityCNBC; 172000—; —172,000
264/8/17La LigaSevilla / Deportivo—; —beIE; 150000150,000
274/8/17Liga MXLeón / Veracruz—; —Gala; 119000119,000
284/4/17La LigaAtlético Madrid / SociedadbeIN; 22000—; 5500077,000
294/9/17Serie ALazio / Napoli—; —beIE; 5800058,000
304/9/17La LigaOsasuna / Leganes—; —beIE; 4800048,000
314/9/17BundesligaBerlin / AugsburgFS1; 43000; —43,000
324/6/17La LigaValencia / CeltabeIN; 9000beIE; 3200041,000
334/4/17BundesligaHoffenheim / BayernFS1; 39000—; —39,000
344/7/17BundesligaFrankfurt / BremenFS2; 20000FOXD; 1600036,000
354/5/17BundesligaDarmstadt / LeverkusenFS1; 22000FOXD; 1200034,000
364/7/17La LigaVillarreal / Athletic—; —beIE; 3300033,000
374/9/17BundesligaIngolstadt / DarmstadtFS2; 18000FOXD; 1300031,000
384/9/17La LigaCelta / Eibar—; —beIE; 3100031,000
394/4/17La LigaAthletic / EspanyolbeIN; 2000beIE; 2200024,000
404/8/17BundesligaLeipzig / LeverkusenFS2; 22000—; —22,000
414/6/17La LigaEibar / Las PalmasbeIN; 5000beIE; 1600021,000
424/3/17La LigaCelta / Las Palmas—; —beIE; 2000020,000
434/3/17Serie AInter Milan / SampdoriabeIN; 19000—; —19,000
444/8/17BundesligaSchalke / Wolfsburg—; —FOXD; 1800018,000
454/4/17BundesligaDortmund / HamburgFS2; 17000—; —17,000
464/5/17BundesligaMönchengladbach / Hertha BerlinFS2; 13000—; —13,000
474/9/17Serie ABologna / RomabeIN; 11000—; —11,000
484/4/17BundesligaKöln / Frankfurt—; —FOXD; 70007,000
494/7/17EFL ChampionshipQPR / BrightonbeIN; 2000—; —2,000

Comparison of viewing numbers for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX778,516
Premier League461,239
UEFA CL430,955
MLS250,500
La Liga153,815
NWSL88,500
Bundesliga73,475
Primeira Liga36,000
Serie A25,763
Ligue 116,636
Championship14,535
NASL2,500

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

LeagueOverallESPNFOX ( /NBC )Univision
2017 MLS250,500297,000255,857238,833
2016 MLS266,467279,094264,656247,148
2015 MLS240,000142,000
2014 MLS220,000112,000
2013 MLS311,000125,000
2012 MLS292,000
2011 MLS253,000
201o MLS299,000
2009 MLS251,000
2008 MLS289,000
2007 MLS263,000

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

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