Connect with us

TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017

Viewership for NBC Universo’s coverage of Liga MX hit its peak for 2017 this past weekend as 284,000 watched Pachuca and Chivas play to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Prior to this match, Chivas were averaging 1.24 million viewers per match exclusively on Univision’s networks with 7 of their 10 matches drawing more than 1 million viewers. Club América are leading club soccer viewership in this country by averaging 1.294 million viewers through 12 matches.

The Premier League returned to the NBC network this weekend after a week off. An average of 784,000 watched Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat of Southampton bringing the average viewership for Premier League matches on NBC to 875,571 for the season. At the same time on the FOX network, Bayer Leverkusen took on Bayern Munich to an audience of 282,000 for FOX’s fourth Bundesliga game of the season, bringing their average viewership down to 311,000 on the FOX network.

Immediately after the conclusion of FOX’s Bundesliga coverage, Major League Soccer made its 2017 debut on the network as a disappointing 346,000 viewers tuned in to watch Orlando City take on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Games on FOX in 2016 averaged 658,000 viewers, with the lowest being 349,000 on July 31, 2016.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
14/15/17Liga MXAmérica / QuerétaroUnivision; 669000UDN; 4010001,070,000
24/11/17Liga MXTigres / ChivasUniMás; 465000UDN; 503000968,000
34/12/17Liga MXAmérica / NecaxaUniMás; 412000UDN; 477000889,000
44/15/17Premier LeagueSouthampton / Man CityNBC; 784000Unvso; 42000826,000
54/16/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / ChelseaNBCSN; 816000—; —816,000
64/15/17Liga MXTigres / PumasUnivision; 482000UDN; 279000761,000
74/11/17UEFA CL Quarter FinalsJuventus / BarcelonaFS1; 391000FOXD; 357000748,000
84/16/17Liga MXToluca / MonterreyUnivision; 522000UDN; 179000701,000
94/15/17La LigaBarcelona / SociedadbeIN; 139000beIE; 403000542,000
104/16/17Premier LeagueWest Brom / LiverpoolNBCSN; 415000Unvso; 32000447,000
114/13/17Liga MXToluca / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 401000401,000
124/15/17La LigaSporting / Real MadridbeIN; 134000beIE; 256000390,000
134/12/17UEFA CL Quarter FinalsBayern / Real MadridFS1; 383000—; —383,000
144/15/17MLSOrlando City / Los Angeles GalaxyFOX; 346000FOXD; 31000377,000
154/15/17Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / Leicester CityNBCSN; 361000—; —361,000
164/15/17BundesligaLeverkusen / BayernFOX; 282000FOXD; 58000340,000
174/16/17Liga MXPuebla / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 327000327,000
184/14/17MLSSan Jose Earthquakes / FC DallasUniMás; 256000UDN; 42000298,000
194/15/17Liga MXPachuca / Chivas—; —Unvso; 284000284,000
204/15/17Premier LeagueSpurs / BournemouthNBCSN; 260000—; —260,000
214/12/17Liga MXQuerétaro / Tijuana—; —UDN; 241000241,000
224/13/17UEFA EL Quarter FinalsAnderlecht / Man UtdFS1; 211000—; —211,000
234/15/17La LigaAtlético Madrid / OsasunabeIN; 57000beIE; 146000203,000
244/14/17MLSPhiladelphia Union / New York CityESPN; 198000ESPND; —198,000
254/15/17Liga MXChiapas / Tijuana—; —UDN; 188000188,000
264/11/17Liga MXChiapas / León—; —UDN; 180000180,000
274/10/17Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / ArsenalNBCSN; 174000—; —174,000
284/12/17UEFA CL Quarter FinalsDortmund / MonacoFS2; 96000—; —96,000
294/12/17UEFA CL Quarter FinalsAtlético Madrid / Leicester CityFS2; 41000FOXD; 5100092,000
304/15/17BundesligaDortmund / FrankfurtFS1; 88000—; —88,000
314/15/17NWSLThorns / PrideLifetime; 82000—; —82,000
324/16/17La LigaValencia / SevillabeIN; 8000beIE; 7400082,000
334/16/17BundesligaBremen / HamburgFS1; 65000—; —65,000
344/16/17BundesligaDarmstadt / SchalkeFS1; 51000FOXD; 1000061,000
354/12/17Liga MXPachuca / Morelia—; —Unvso; 5300053,000
364/16/17La LigaBetis / Eibar—; —beIE; 5000050,000
374/16/17La LigaGranada / Celta Vigo—; —beIE; 5000050,000
384/15/17Serie AInter Milan / AC MilanbeIN; 25000beIE; 1800043,000
394/10/17La LigaSociedad / SportingbeIN; 7000beIE; 2400031,000
404/14/17La LigaAthletic / Las Palmas—; —beIE; 2600026,000
414/14/17Primeira LigaVitória / Sporting CP—; —UDN; 1800018,000
424/14/17Ligue 1Angers / PSGbeIN; 18000—; —18,000
434/15/17BundesligaHoffenheim / MönchengladbachFS2; 6000FOXD; 1200018,000
444/13/17UEFA EL Quarter FinalsAjax / SchalkeFS2; 17000—; —17,000
454/16/17Ligue 1Marseille / Saint-ÉtiennebeIN; 14000—; —14,000
464/14/17EFL ChampionshipWolves / BrightonbeIN; 11000—; —11,000
474/15/17NASLArmada / DeltasbeIN; 10000—; —10,000
484/14/17EFL ChampionshipBristol / QPRbeIN; 5000—; —5,000

Comparison of viewing numbers for soccer leagues on US TV:

LeagueAverage
Liga MX787,130
Premier League461,929
UEFA CL430,955
MLS256,286
La Liga154,411
NWSL82,000
Bundesliga75,683
Primeira Liga35,455
Serie A25,987
Ligue 116,583
Championship14,244
NASL5,000

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

LeagueOverallESPNFOXUnivision
2017 MLS256,286277,200271,000228,500
2016 MLS266,467279,094264,656247,148

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

HT SportsTVRatings

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mrx

    April 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    When el clasico rating will be out?

    • Christopher Harris

      April 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      We’re anxiously awaiting the information. As soon as we get it, we’ll write a new post.

  2. Mrx

    April 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    i think cl rating will be very high when they move to weekend from 18-19.

  3. Mrx

    April 21, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    what was tv viewership for Madrid derby?

  4. Rick

    April 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Man Utd vs Chelsea got a little lower #’s than Southampton vs Man City since game was not on NBC but on NBSCN.
    NBC should put all big games involving top 4 on NBC- ratings would be worth it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in TV Ratings

Translate »