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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-6, 2017

the MLS All Star game set a record for viewership as a total of 1.9 million viewers watched the match on FS1 and Univision Network. This edition featured the MLS All Stars taking on Spanish side Real Madrid. Total viewership for the game was up 118% from 873,000 in the 2016 edition which featured Arsenal.

For the English-language audience, however, the viewing number declined for the fourth year in a row. The viewing number also saw a decline of 18% compared to last year’s MLS All-Star Game (513,000 viewers on ESPN for MLS All-Stars against Arsenal).

Last week featured the official kickoff to both the English and German soccer seasons as Dortmund and Bayern faced off in the DFL-Supercup while Arsenal took on Chelsea for the FA Community Shield.

Both matches were broadcast on FOX’s networks with the DFL-Supercup drawing 426,000 viewers on the FOX over-the-air network, up from 102,000 viewers for the same fixture last season on FS1. The Community Shield also saw an increase in viewership, although smaller, as 324,000 tuned in to witness Arsenal win the match for the third time in four years. Last season’s edition saw only 292,000 viewers as Manchester United defeated Leicester City.

The National Women’s Soccer League returned to cable this week after a brief break in the final week of July. Kickoff for the featured match between the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash was moved up two hours due to extreme heat. However the broadcast still scored 88,000 viewers, up 7,000 from Lifetime’s previous broadcast on July 22.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-6, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
18/2/17MLS All Star GameMLS / Real MadridFS1; 420000Univision; 14840001,904,000
28/5/17Liga MXAmérica / PumasUnivision; 992000—; —992,000
38/5/17Liga MXLeón / Cruz AzulUnivision; 731000—; —731,000
48/3/17Tournament of NationsUSWNT / JapanESPN2; 538000UDN; 143000681,000
58/6/17Liga MXToluca / AtlasUnivision; 630000—; —630,000
68/5/17DFL-SupercupDortmund / BayernFOX; 426000FOXD; 87000513,000
78/6/17MLSSporting Kansas City / Atlanta UnitedFS1; 323000FOXD; 25000348,000
88/5/17Int’l FriendlySpurs / JuventusESPN; 347000—; —347,000
98/6/17FA Community ShieldArsenal / ChelseaFS1; 324000—; —324,000
108/5/17Liga MXChivas / Necaxa—; —UDN; 319000319,000
118/4/17Liga MXTijuana / Monterrey—; —UDN; 276000276,000
128/6/17MLSNew York City / New York Red BullsFS1; 240000FOXD; 33000273,000
138/6/17MLSPortland Timbers / Los Angeles GalaxyESPN; 265000—; —265,000
148/2/17Copa MXAmérica / Atlas—; —Gala; 238000238,000
158/6/17Liga MXVeracruz / Puebla—; —UDN; 190000190,000
168/6/17UEFA Euro (W)Netherlands / DenmarkESPN2; 156000—; —156,000
178/4/17Liga MXMorelia / Santos—; —UDN; 155000155,000
188/1/17Copa MXTijuana / Puebla—; —UDN; 119000119,000
198/1/17MLS Homegrown GameMLS / Chivas U20—; —UDN; 8800088,000
208/5/17NWSLThorns / DashLifetime; 88000—; —88,000
218/3/17CONCACAF LeagueOlimpia / Alajuelense—; —UDN; 7400074,000
228/2/17Audi CupAtlético Madrid / Liverpool—; —UDN; 3400034,000
238/1/17Audi CupBayern / Liverpool—; —UDN; 2800028,000
248/3/17UEFA Euro (W)Denmark / Austria—; —UDN; 2300023,000
258/3/17UEFA Euro (W)Netherlands / England—; —UDN; 2200022,000
268/2/17Audi CupNapoli / Bayern—; —UDN; 2000020,000
278/1/17Audi CupAtlético Madrid / Napoli—; —UDN; 1300013,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverall*ESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS261,261 (44)298,941 (17)256,750 (4)440,750 (4)188,000** (18)
2016 MLS257,683 (63)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL95,267 (15)    
2017 USL19,000 (2)   *English-Only
     **One game missing

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

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  1. CTBlues

    August 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    What’s up with no news about the NPSL final from Saturday night Gaffer?

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