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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 11-17, 2017

Univision drew its smallest audience for a MLS game on the network Saturday when Atlanta United and Orlando City SC played to a stunning 3-3 draw. The match was only watched by 256,000, down over 100% from Univision’s 2017 average through the first four broadcasts.

English-language Premier League viewership is up 14% through the first five weeks of the 2017-2018 season. Much of this increase can likely be attributed to the absence of the Olympics. In 2016, NBC was forced to move many Premier League games off NBCSN, mostly onto CNBC and USA. In the first five weeks of the 2016-2017 season, only 17 of 30 televised games were broadcast on NBC or NBCSN. This represents a huge difference from the 27 broadcasts on NBC or NBCSN out of a total 31 in 2017.

Topping the table last week was Chivas’ 1-1 draw with Pumas on Univision. At 686,000 viewers, it was the most-viewed soccer match in the United States this week. However, viewership was nearly cut in half when compared to Chivas’ match the previous week played on the same network and time slot. Through the first eight rounds of the 2017 Apertura, matches in the Saturday 8pm-10pm ET slot are averaging 867,625 viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 11-17, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
19/16/17Liga MXChivas / PumasUnivision; 427000UDN; 259000686,000
29/17/17Premier LeagueEverton / Man UtdNBCSN; 534000Telemundo; 129000663,000
39/16/17Premier LeagueSpurs / SwanseaNBC; 621000Unvso; 39000660,000
49/16/17Liga MXLeon / PachucaUnivision; 372000UDN; 203000575,000
59/15/17Liga MXTijuana / América—; —UDN; 530000530,000
69/17/17La LigaSociedad / Real MadridbeIN; 113000beIE; 342000455,000
79/17/17Premier LeagueArsenal / ChelseaCNBC; 328000Telemundo; 126000454,000
89/17/17Liga MXToluca / QuerétaroUnivision; 435000—; —435,000
99/12/17UEFA CL Group StageBarcelona / JuventusFS2; 147000FOXD; 217000364,000
109/16/17Liga MXCruz Azul / Santos—; —UDN; 359000359,000
119/16/17Premier LeagueMan City / WatfordNBCSN; 335000—; —335,000
129/16/17La LigaGetafe / BarcelonabeIN; 79000beIE; 229000308,000
139/15/17Int’l FriendlyUSWNT / New ZealandESPN2; 272000—; —272,000
149/17/17MLSRed Bulls / UnionESPN; 259000—; —259,000
159/16/17MLSAtlanta United / Orlando CityUnivision; 194000UDN; 62000256,000
169/15/17Liga MXMorelia / Tigres—; —UDN; 238000238,000
179/16/17Premier LeagueSouthampton / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 209000—; —209,000
189/12/17Copa MXTigres / Zacatepac—; —UDN; 196000196,000
199/12/17UEFA CL Group StageMan Utd / BaselFS1; 192000—; —192,000
209/13/17UEFA CL Group StageSpurs / DortmundFS1; 190000—; —190,000
219/13/17Copa MXMonterrey / Pumas—; —UDN; 187000187,000
229/17/17Liga MXVeracruz / Lobos—; —UDN; 161000161,000
239/11/17Premier LeagueHuddersfield / West HamNBCSN; 120000Unvso; 22000142,000
249/16/17La LigaAtletico Madrid / MalagabeIN; 141000—; —141,000
259/16/17BundesligaBayern / MainzFS1; 84000FOXD; 28000112,000
269/15/17Premier LeagueBrighton / BournemouthNBCSN; 100000—; —100,000
279/12/17Copa MXPachuca / Sonora—; —UDN; 9000090,000
289/13/17UEFA CL Group StageReal Madrid / APOELFS2; 67000—; —67,000
299/17/17BundesligaLeverkusen / FreiburgFS1; 47000FOXD; 1900066,000
309/17/17BundesligaDortmund / KölnFS2; 33000UDN; 3100064,000
319/13/17UEFA CL Group StageLiverpool / Sevilla—; —FOXD; 5500055,000
329/17/17Serie AMilan / UdinesebeIN; 31000beIE; 1900050,000
339/16/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / West Brom—; —Unvso; 4200042,000
349/17/17BundesligaHoffenheim / HerthaFS1; 41000—; —41,000
359/16/17BundesligaLeipzig / MönchengladbachFS2; 23000UDN; 1500038,000
369/17/17NCAAWest Virginia / PrincetonESPNU; 32000—; —32,000
379/17/17NCAANorthwestern / Ohio StateESPNU; 28000—; —28,000
389/16/17BundesligaBremen / SchalkeFS2; 11000UDN; 800019,000
399/13/17NASLIndy Eleven / North CarolinabeIN; 4000—; —4,000

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)    
     *English-Only
     **One game missing

League averages this season:

LeagueViewers
EPL567,909
LMX464,429
MLS249,427
NWSL94,750
BuLi82,357

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

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  1. francis

    September 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Decent numbers considering 6 million people in Florida had no electricity during that week

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