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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 29-September 4, 2017

In the soccer TV ratings game, the United States kept it close with Mexico this international break as their matches kicked off back to back. The United States played first, drawing nearly 2.4 million viewers total and over 1 million from both the English language ESPN and Spanish language Univision broadcasts. Immediately following the United States’ match, Univision brought Mexico’s World Cup clinching game to an audience of 2.56 million viewers on its own.

The international break saw just one national broadcast of Major League Soccer as FC Dallas hosted the New York Red Bulls. The game was watched by 291,000 viewers, up 30% from UniMás’ previous broadcast featuring FC Dallas against their Texan rivals Houston Dynamo. It is worth noting, however, that the Texas Derby match was played on a Wednesday.

Finally, the National Women’s Soccer League has seen three consecutive weeks of matches with viewership higher than 100,000 for the first time. Lifetime has averaged exactly 110,000 viewers for its previous three broadcasts stretching from August 19th to September 2nd. The league looks to have a great chance to continue its streak with the final three broadcasts of the season featuring multiple teams in the top-half of the table.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 29-September 4, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
19/1/17CONCACAF WCQMexico / PanamaFS2; 51000Univision; 25630002,614,000
29/1/17CONCACAF WCQUSMNT / Costa RicaESPN; 1071000Univision; 13020002,373,000
39/3/17UEFA WCQNetherlands / BulgariaESPN2; 373000ESPND; —373,000
49/3/17UEFA WCQFrance / Luxembourg—; —UniMás; 343000343,000
59/2/17UEFA WCQSpain / Italy—; —FOXD; 316000316,000
69/2/17MLSFC Dallas / New York Red BullsUniMás; 221000UDN; 70000291,000
78/30/17Copa MXCruz Azul / Tigres—; —UDN; 283000283,000
88/29/17Copa MXChivas / Santos—; —UDN; 269000269,000
98/30/17Copa MXAtlas / América—; —UDN; 257000257,000
109/1/17UEFA WCQCzech Republic / Germany—; —UniMás; 174000174,000
118/31/17CONMEBOL WCQBrazil / EcuadorbeIN; 161000—; —161,000
129/3/17UEFA WCQHungary / Portugal—; —FOXD; 153000153,000
139/2/17NWSLThorns / SpiritLifetime; 108000—; —108,000
149/4/17UEFA WCQEngland / Slovakia—; —UDN; 7000070,000
158/30/17Copa MXToluca / Ud. Guadalajara—; —Gala; 5800058,000
168/31/17UEFA WCQBulgaria / Sweden—; —UDN; 2400024,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverall*ESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS255,279 (52)294,158 (19)220,000 (5)440,750 (4)189,227** (22)
2016 MLS257,683 (63)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL96,789 (19)    
2017 USL19,000 (2)   *English-Only
     **One game missing

League averages this season:

LeagueViewers
EPL587,588
LMX480,419
MLS255,279
NWSL96,789
BuLi89,800

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

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  1. NaBUru38

    September 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    The US Open Cup semifinal between FC Cincinnati and New York Red Bulls had a 6.0 local TV rating in Cincinnati.

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