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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 19-24, 2017

Similar to last season, the FOX over-the-air network aired an NFL/MLS doubleheader for the final MLS broadcast on FOX in 2017. Last weekend, FOX drew a combined average of 1.35 million viewers for the MLS broadcasts, up 4% from 1.298 million in 2016. MLS games on the FOX broadcast network overall, however, have experienced a 5% drop in viewership when compared to 2016.

Despite the success of FOX’s NFL/MLS doubleheader, fall ratings continue to struggle on all the league’s partner networks. New York City FC’s match against the Houston Dynamo Saturday drew only 134,000 viewers combined across UniMás and Univision Deportes. Then Sunday evening’s match between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City SC drew only 133,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes combined.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has also seen a recent dip in viewership, averaging 442,000 viewers on all networks since the start of September. This represents a 25% decrease in viewership from the 588,000 average viewers during the month of August.

In women’s soccer, Orlando Pride took on the Portland Thorns before a television audience of 82,000 viewers for Lifetime’s penultimate regular season broadcast. Lifetime will air its final broadcast of the 2017 NWSL regular season this Saturday, September 30 with the Portland Thorns hosting the Chicago Red Stars at 3:30 pm ET. The League semi-finals will begin October 7 on Lifetime.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 19-24, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
19/24/17MLSKansas City/Atlanta / Los Angeles/MontrealFOX; 1350000—; —1,350,000
29/23/17Premier LeagueLeicester City / LiverpoolNBC; 750000Unvso; 61000811,000
39/24/17Premier LeagueBrighton / NewcastleNBCSN; 268000Telemundo; 186000454,000
49/23/17Premier LeagueMan City / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 326000Unvso; 29000355,000
59/23/17La LigaGirona / BarcelonabeIN; 78000beIE; 277000355,000
69/23/17La LigaAlavés / Real MadridbeIN; 74000beIE; 212000286,000
79/20/17La LigaReal Madrid / Real BetisbeIN; 49000beIE; 195000244,000
89/23/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / SpursNBCSN; 223000Unvso; 18000241,000
99/19/17La LigaBarcelona / EibarbeIN; 136000beIE; 45000181,000
109/23/17MLSNew York City / Houston DynamoUniMás; 103000UDN; 31000134,000
119/24/17MLSPortland Timbers / Orlando CityFS1; 110000FOXD; 23000133,000
129/19/17BundesligaSchalke / BayernFS1; 78000FOXD; 29000107,000
139/23/17Premier LeagueStoke City / ChelseaCNBC; 103000—; —103,000
149/24/17BundesligaHannover / KölnFS1; 76000UDN; 1600092,000
159/22/17BundesligaBayern / Wolfsburg—; —UniMás; 8200082,000
169/23/17NWSLPride / ThornsLifetime; 82000—; —82,000
179/20/17BundesligaHamburg / DortmundFS1; 64000UDN; 1300077,000
189/23/17Ligue 1Montpellier / PSGbeIN; 58000—; —58,000
199/21/17CONCACAF LeagueOlimpia / Plaza Amador—; —UDN; 5000050,000
209/21/17CONCACAF LeagueGuápiles / Árabe Unido—; —UDN; 3600036,000
219/20/17BundesligaHertha / LeverkusenFS2; 28000FOXD; 600034,000
229/19/17BundesligaMönchengladbach / StuttgartFS2; 26000UDN; 600032,000
239/20/17BundesligaKöln / FrankfurtFS2; 16000FOXD; 200018,000
249/23/17BundesligaLeipzig / Frankfurt—; —UDN; 1300013,000
259/24/17Serie AFiorentina / AtalantabeIN; 13000—; —13,000
269/19/17BundesligaAugsburg / Leipzig—; —UDN; 40004,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverallESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS263,465 (57)287,381 (21)220,000 (5)622,600 (5)181,200 (25)
2016 MLS257,683 (63)290,179 (28)201,500 (4)658,000 (5)154,346 (26)
2017 NWSL94,143 (21)   

League averages this season:

LeagueViewers
EPL517,061
LMX464,429
MLS263,465
NWSL94,143

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

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