Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

In the same timeslot as the MLS match Saturday, Lifetime saw a 36% decrease in NWSL viewership from last week’s season high with the Chicago Red Stars defeating the Orlando Pride 2-1 before a television audience of 81,000.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds averaged 2.457 million viewers across FS1 and Univision/UniMás through the semi-finals. Mexico unsurprisingly led the pack with pre-final tournament viewership peaking at 3.795 million viewers as El Tri fell to Jamaica. The Mexican National team played five matches at the 2017 Gold Cup, with an average audience of 3.4 million. The United States averaged 2.1 million viewers for their first five matches (not including the Gold Cup final viewing number).

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
17/23/17Gold CupMexico / JamaicaFS1; 794000Univision; 30010003,795,000
27/20/17Gold CupMexico / HondurasFS1; 339000Univision; 32880003,627,000
37/19/17Gold CupUSMNT / El SalvadorFS1; 1050000Univision; 16150002,665,000
47/22/17Gold CupCosta Rica / USMNTFS1; 1094000UniMás; 11140002,208,000
57/20/17Gold CupJamaica / CanadaFS1; 357000UniMás; 15630001,920,000
67/22/17Liga MXAmérica / QuerétaroUnivision; 510000UDN; 319000829,000
77/22/17Liga MXTigres / PueblaUnivision; 521000UDN; 248000769,000
87/22/17Liga MXChivas / TolucaUnivision; 538000UDN; 229000767,000
97/23/17Liga MXPumas / PachucaUnivision; 371000UDN; 167000538,000
107/19/17Gold CupCosta Rica / PanamaFS1; 255000UniMás; 272000527,000
117/20/17Int’l Champions CupMan Utd / Man CityESPN; 452000—; —452,000
127/23/17Int’l Champions CupMan Utd / Real MadridESPN; 443000—; —443,000
137/22/17Liga MXLeón / AtlasUniMás; 413000—; —413,000
147/22/17Int’l Champions CupBarcelona / JuventusESPN; 403000—; —403,000
157/21/17Liga MXTijuana / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 369000369,000
167/21/17MLSOrlando City / Atlanta UnitedESPN; 338000—; —338,000
177/17/17FriendlyReal Salt Lake / Man UtdESPN2; 230000—; —230,000
187/18/17FriendlyMurciélagos / América—; —UDN; 230000230,000
197/21/17Liga MXMorelia / Monterrey—; —UDN; 223000223,000
207/22/17MLSMinnesota United / New York Red BullsESPN; 222000—; —222,000
217/22/17Int’l Champions CupSpurs / PSGESPN2; 207000—; —207,000
227/17/17FriendlyCruz Azul / Porto—; —UDN; 202000202,000
237/23/17MLSVancouver Whitecaps / Portland TimersFS1; 127000FOXD; 28000155,000
247/22/17NWSLRed Stars / PrideLifetime; 81000—; —81,000
257/19/17Int’l Champions CupPSG / RomaESPN2; 74000—; —74,000
267/17/17UEFA Euro (W)Germany / Sweden—; —UDN; 2800028,000
277/18/17UEFA Euro (W)France / Iceland—; —UDN; 2500025,000
287/21/17UEFA Euro (W)Germany / Italy—; —UDN; 2300023,000
297/19/17UEFA Euro (W)Spain / Portugal—; —UDN; 1600016,000
307/18/17Int’l Champions CupMilan / DortmundESPNU; 14000—; —14,000
317/20/17UEFA Euro (W)Norway / Belgium—; —UDN; 1400014,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverall*ESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS250,329 (38)295,714 (15)256,750 (4)428,333 (3)176,313** (17)
2016 MLS257,683 (63)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL95,786 (14)    
2017 USL19,000 (2)   *English-Only
     **One game missing

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

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