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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 25-31, 2017

Viewership for the MLS Knockout Round was up slightly from 2016 with an average of 301,000 viewers for the four matches across UniMás, UDN, ESPN2 and FS1. Viewership peaked for October 26th’s early match between expansion side Atlanta United and MLS original Columbus Crew, averaging a combined 577,000 on ESPN2 and UniMás and beating out last season’s top match of the knockout round by 114,000 viewers.

Last week also saw play from the first legs of the four MLS Conference Semi-Final matchups. English-language viewership was up nearly 24% from 2016 and 16% from 2015. Again, the match featuring Columbus Crew led in viewership with 424,000 tuning in on ESPN alone Tuesday evening.

Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara again dominated American soccer viewership last week with each club’s matches averaging 1.25 million and 889,000 respectively on Univision and Univision Deportes Network. It is the league’s third week in a row with at least one match averaging greater than 1 million viewers on Univision’s networks.

Last Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 defeat of Bournemouth by Chelsea provided NBC with its largest Premier League audience for the month of October as 710,000 tuned in. The Premier League is averaging 770,556 viewers through NBC’s first 9 broadcasts of the 2017-18 Season, down slightly from 783,111 viewers through the first 9 broadcasts of the 2016-17 Season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 25-31, 2017:

110/28/17Liga MXMonterrey / AméricaUnivision; 663000UDN; 5860001,249,000
210/28/17Liga MXChivas / TijuanaUnivision; 452000UDN; 437000889,000
310/28/17Premier LeagueBournemouth / ChelseaNBC; 710000Unvso; 28000738,000
410/26/17MLS KnockoutAtlanta United / Columbus CrewESPN2; 309000UniMás; 268000577,000
510/29/17Liga MXToluca / MoreliaUnivision; 508000—; —508,000
610/31/17MLS Conf. SFColumbus Crew / New York City FCESPN; 424000—; —424,000
710/28/17Liga MXCruz Azul / Tigres—; —UDN; 399000399,000
810/28/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / SpursNBCSN; 327000Unvso; 45000372,000
910/28/17Premier LeagueWest Brom / Man CityNBCSN; 329000—; —329,000
1010/25/17MLS KnockoutChicago Fire / New York Red BullsFS1; 89000UniMás; 184000273,000
1110/29/17MLS Conf. SFVancouver Whitecaps / Seattle SoundersESPN; 250000—; —250,000
1210/26/17MLS KnockoutHouston Dynamo / Sporting Kansas CityUniMás; 233000—; —233,000
1310/29/17Premier LeagueBrighton / SouthamptonNBCSN; 197000—; —197,000
1410/28/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / HuddersfieldCNBC; 160000—; —160,000
1510/30/17MLS Conf. SFHouston Dynamo / Portland TimbersFS1; 149000—; —149,000
1610/30/17MLS Conf. SFNew York Red Bulls / Toronto FCFS1; 132000—; —132,000
1710/29/17Liga MXSantos / Pachuca—; —UDN; 130000130,000
1810/29/17Premier LeagueLeicester City / Everton—; —Telemundo; 127000127,000
1910/25/17MLS KnockoutVancouver Whitecaps / San Jose EarthquakesUniMás; 121000—; —121,000
2010/28/17Premier LeagueCyrstal Palace / West Ham—; —Unvso; 2600026,000

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

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  1. NaBUru38

    November 7, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Seriously, MLS tv ratings are pathetic.

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