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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 25-30, 2017

Viewership numbers for Liga MX remain strong with both of Mexico’s super clubs attracting audiences greater than 1 million. Club América led the way as 1.3 million tuned in to their 2-1 defeat by Atlas on Univision.

Liga MX broadcasts are averaging 735,446 viewers so far in the 2017 Apertura, up from 687,186 during the 2016 Clasura.

While Liga MX thrives, MLS continues to struggle. Both of the last weekend’s nationally televised games failed to draw an average audience larger than 150,000 viewers. That’s the first time this has happened this season after six occurrences in the 2016 season. MLS broadcasts are now averaging just 188,375 viewers on UniMás this season, down 18% from 2016’s final number.

The match that saw Bayern Munich raise the Bundesliga trophy drew 308,000 viewers last Saturday afternoon on the FOX broadcast network making it the second most-watched Bundesliga match on the network of the 2016-17 campaign, behind Bayern and Dortmund’s first meeting of the season in November which drew 426,000 viewers. The over-the-air network has broadcast five games so far this season, with each averaging 312,000 viewers. Also in German soccer, Wednesday’s DFB Pokal semifinal match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich was watched by 122,000 viewers on ESPN2. It was the first Pokal match available on linear English television this season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 25-30, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV
14/29/17Liga MXAmérica / AtlasUnivision; 1,300,000
24/29/17Liga MXChivas / LeónUnivision; 1,100,000
34/30/17Premier LeagueSpurs / ArsenalNBCSN; 674000
44/29/17Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / BurnleyNBC; 651000
54/30/17Liga MXToluca / QuerétaroUnivision; 589000
64/27/17Premier LeagueMan City / Man UtdNBCSN; 425000
74/30/17Premier LeagueEverton / ChelseaCNBC; 336000
84/29/17BundesligaWolfsburg / BayernFOX; 308000
94/29/17Liga MXChiapas / SantosUDN; 301000
104/25/17Premier LeagueChelsea / SouthamptonNBCSN; 211000
114/29/17Premier LeagueHull City / SouthamptonNBCSN; 203000
124/26/17Premier LeagueArsenal / Leicester CityNBCSN; 192000
134/29/17MLSOrlando City / Colorado RapidsUniMás; 148000
144/30/17MLSAtlanta United / DC UnitedFS1; 133000
154/29/17La LigaEspanyol / BarcelonabeIN; 129000
164/29/17La LigaReal Madrid / ValenciabeIN; 128000
174/26/17DFB PokalBayern / DortmundESPN2; 122000
184/29/17Liga MXTigres / TijuanaGala; 116000
194/29/17NWSLPortland / ChicagoLifetime; 84,000

MLS 2017 viewing average compared to previous years

LeagueOverallESPNESPN2FOXFS1UnivisionUniMás
2017 MLS223,000 (27)266,750 (4)272,000 (2)346,000 (1)193,111 (10)1,004,000 (1)188,375 (9)
2016 MLS254,522 (90)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)509,000 (1)223,120 (25)

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

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. DF

    May 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Would you be able to provide a link to your sources for these numbers? Just want to know where they’re coming from. Thank you! Much appreciated. 🙂

    • Christopher Harris

      May 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      World Soccer Talk is the source for a lot of the research (through our reporting and contacting the networks). Some of the data is from Show Buzz Daily, which is linked to in the above article.

      • DF

        May 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        Perfect. Thank you.

  2. soccerfan372

    May 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    No NWSL ratings this week?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Not at this time. But I’ll put a request in to NWSL to see if they’re willing to share the numbers moving forward.

  3. Tim

    May 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Got UDN numbers for Liga MX or Spanish #’s for EPL/MLS?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      The Univision numbers include Univision Deportes.

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