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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017

The United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 victory over Panama in the penultimate round of the “Hex” last Friday was the most-watched soccer match of the week as 1.152 million viewers tuned into the English-language broadcast on ESPN2 and another 1.5 million watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts.

The United States’ final match against Trinidad and Tobago, which saw them eliminated from the competition, was seen by 620,000 as the match was only made available on the less popular beIN Sports in English and NBC’s Universo in Spanish.

Falling just short of the United States’ match against Panama was Honduras’ World Cup clinching victory over Mexico with 2.5 million viewers on Telemundo and Mexico’s match against Trinidad and Tobago which combined for 2.391 million viewers on FS1 and Univision’s networks.

We had a very limited slate of league action this week with one game being broadcast from each of MLS and Liga MX. The New York Red Bulls easily beating the top team in the Western Conference 3-0 before an audience of 156,000 on UniMás. Then on Wednesday, Toluca defeated Lobos BUAP 3-1 as 107,000 viewers watched on Univision Deportes Network.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
110/6/17CONCACAF WCQUSMNT / PanamaESPN2; 1152000Univision; 15000002,652,000
210/10/17CONCACAF WCQHonduras / Mexico—; —Telemundo; 25000002,500,000
310/6/17CONCACAF WCQMexico / Trinidad & TobagoFS1; 191000Univision; 22000002,391,000
410/10/17CONCACAF WCQTrinidad & Tobago / USMNTbeIN; 463000Unvso; 157000620,000
510/8/17FriendlyAmérica / Atlas—; —UDN; 176000176,000
610/10/17UEFA WCQPortugal / SwitzerlandFS1; 172000—; —172,000
710/8/17UEFA WCQNorway / Northern IrelandESPN; 169000—; —169,000
810/5/17UEFA WCQNorthern Ireland / Germany—; —UniMás; 160000160,000
910/8/17UEFA WCQLithuania / EnglandFS1; 157000—; —157,000
1010/5/17FriendlyHouston Dynamo / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 154000154,000
1110/5/17CONMEBOL WCQColombia / ParaguaybeIN; 152000—; —152,000
1210/7/17MLSNew York Red Bulls / Vancouver WhitecapsUniMás; 150000—; —150,000
1310/11/17Liga MXToluca / Lobos—; —UDN; 107000107,000
1410/5/17FriendlyHouston Dynamo Legends / UDN Legends—; —UDN; 8800088,000
1510/10/17UEFA WCQFrance / Belarus—; —UDN; 2700027,000
1610/6/17UEFA WCQItaly / Macedonia—; —UDN; 2000020,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

LeagueOverallESPNESPN2FOXFS1
2017 MLS263,440 (58)286,227 (22)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 NWSL93,136 (22)   

League averages this season:

LeagueViewers
EPL492,650
Liga MX469,824
MLS269,613
NWSL93,136

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

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Nicolas

    October 25, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Thanks! You are doing a great job!

  2. Nicolas

    October 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Do you have the numbers from 14/10 and 15/10? Thanks

    • Christopher Harris

      October 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

      We’ll be publishing those numbers as well as last week’s later this week.

      • Patrick

        March 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Have you, or anyone you’ve known, crunched the numbers from the past couple of years with regards to the average local tv ratings per team? For example, what is the average household rating for every Minnesota United game that is aired on Fox Sports North? The average hh rating for the Philadelphia Union games aired on WPHL-TV? Etc… I find myself only coming across the nationally broadcast game numbers per city. Thanks!!

        • Christopher Harris

          March 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm

          No, Patrick. I’d love to see them, but it’s hard enough trying to get national numbers.

  3. soccerfan372

    October 14, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Helpful site all year thanks for having it.Just want to point out your missing NWSL playoff games from 10/7/17 and 10/8/17 and if any idea if you will get those numbers Thanks

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