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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 5-10, 2017

Mexico’s September 5th draw away to Costa Rica drew 2.7 million viewers on Telemundo’s networks, beating out Mexico’s Confederations Cup Group Stage match against Portugal to become the most-watched soccer game on Telemundo in 2017. The United States’ match against Honduras drew a combined 531,000 viewers on beIN Sports and NBC Universo.

MLS continued to struggle for viewers over the weekend as the NFL season kicked off. Four games were broadcast across the networks from all three of the leagues television partners last weekend, averaging 168,000 viewers, a 12% drop from 191,000 viewers on the NFL’s opening weekend of 2016. The drop is not too dissimilar from the 4% decrease in viewership the league has already seen this year.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) also took a significant hit to viewership this week with the match between Kansas City FC and the Chicago Red Stars that got just half the viewers of last week’s meeting between the Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit. The match ranks as the league’s second least-watched match on Lifetime in 2017.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 5-10, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
19/5/17CONCACAF WCQCosta Rica / Mexico—; —Telemundo; 27000002,700,000
29/9/17Liga MXAmérica / VeracruzUnivision; 749000UDN; 4690001,218,000
39/9/17Liga MXPachuca / ChivasUnivision; 740000UDN; 4310001,171,000
49/9/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / Stoke CityNBC; 876000Unvso; 70000946,000
59/5/17CONCACAF WCQHonduras / USMNTbeIN; 256000Unvso; 275000531,000
69/10/17Liga MXPumas / TijuanaUnivision; 521000—; —521,000
79/10/17Premier LeagueSwansea / NewcastleNBCSN; 294000Telemundo; 215000509,000
89/9/17La LigaBarcelona / EspanyolbeIN; 86000beIE; 288000374,000
99/9/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / Man CityNBCSN; 329000Unvso; 29000358,000
109/9/17Premier LeagueArsenal / BournemouthNBCSN; 300000Unvso; 51000351,000
119/10/17Liga MXSantos / Toluca—; —UDN; 250000250,000
129/10/17MLSSeattle Sounders / Los Angeles GalaxyFS1; 169000FOXD; 51000220,000
139/10/17Premier LeagueBurnley / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 200000—; —200,000
149/8/17Liga MXPuebla / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 195000195,000
159/10/17MLSColumbus Crew / Sporting Kansas CityESPN; 187000ESPND; —187,000
169/9/17Liga MXQuerétaro / León—; —UDN; 180000180,000
179/9/17MLSChicago Fire / New York Red BullsUniMás; 158000—; —158,000
189/9/17Premier LeagueSpurs / EvertonCNBC; 141000—; —141,000
199/10/17MLSAtlanta United / FC DallasFS1; 88000FOXD; 21000109,000
209/9/17BundesligaFreiburg / DortmundFS1; 87000FOXD; 17000104,000
219/9/17BundesligaHoffenheim / Bayern—; —UDN; 6400064,000
229/9/17NWSLKansas City / Red StarsLifetime; 56000—; —56,000
239/9/17Liga MXMonterrey / Necaxa—; —Gala; 5300053,000
249/10/17BundesligaHertha / BremenFS1; 32000FOXD; 700039,000
259/8/17BundesligaHamburg / LeipzigFS2; 36000—; —36,000
269/9/17BundesligaMönchengladbach / Frankfurt—; —UDN; 1200012,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverall*ESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS249,427 (55)288,800 (20)220,000 (5)440,750 (4)193,600** (25)
2016 MLS257,683 (63)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL94,750 (20)    
2017 USL19,000 (2)   *English-Only
     **One game missing

League averages this season:

LeagueViewers
EPL567,909
Liga MX464,429
MLS249,427
NWSL94,750
Bundesliga82,357

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

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Tina

    September 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    MLS tv ratings still sucking as usual

    • Zzzzzvvvssq

      September 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      That’s because it’s fall and kids are back in school. In the summer ratings were bad because they were out school and weather was to hot. In a few weeks the ratings will be bad because it’s to cold. Also not many sports on the summer so people don’t watch tv, now to many sports are on so they watch something else. Or maybe! The Russians are hacking the ratings or convincing people not to watch with fake news propaganda. It’s not because it’s not good though, world football legends like Lalas tell us it’s one of the best leagues.

      • Tina

        September 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        Exactly. It’s always some excuse. Every game week. A new excuse for the league.

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