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Most-watched soccer games for Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2017

The 2017 MLS Conference Semi-Final second leg’s averaged 262,500 viewers, up 10% from an average of 238,750 viewers for the first leg matches and up 20% from 219,250 for the 2016’s Conference semi-final second legs. Overall MLS Cup Playoff viewership is up around 13% from 2016 and up just 584 viewers from an average of 266,833 in 2015.

For the third consecutive week, Club América’s Liga MX game on Univision was the most-watched soccer game in the United States, last week drawing 1.14 million viewers as they took on Puebla. For Univision, it was also their fourth consecutive week with a single broadcast drawing over 1 million viewers.

On NBC, Liverpool’s 4-1 win against West Ham United drew 676,000 viewers, a slight decrease from 710,000 viewers for last week’s late Saturday kickoff featuring Chelsea and Bournemouth. Sunday proved to be the most popular day for viewership last week with a couple of high profile matches starting with Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal which drew 642,000 viewers on NBCSN followed by 782,000 tuning in for Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Mourinho’s Manchester United. Both matches managed to outdraw the previous Sunday’s match between Leicester City and Everton on NBC.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 31-November 5, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
111/4/17Liga MXAmérica / PueblaUnivision; 1140000—; —1,140,000
211/4/17Liga MXPachuca / QuerétaroUnivision; 629000UDN; 318000947,000
311/5/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / ChelseaNBCSN; 782000—; —782,000
411/4/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / LiverpoolNBC; 676000—; —676,000
511/5/17Premier LeagueArsenal / Man CityNBCSN; 642000—; —642,000
611/5/17Liga MXPumas / SanotsUnivision; 431000—; —431,000
710/31/17MLS Conference Semi-FinalColumbus Crew / New York City FCESPN; 424000—; —424,000
811/3/17Liga MXMorelia / Cruz Azul—; —UDN; 406000406,000
911/4/17Liga MXChivas / Atlas—; —UDN; 345000345,000
1011/4/17Liga MXLobos / Monterrey—; —UDN; 324000324,000
1111/5/17MLSToronto FC / New York Red BullsESPN; 307000—; —307,000
1211/3/17Liga MXTigres / Leon—; —UDN; 305000305,000
1311/4/17Premier LeagueNewcastle / BournemouthNBCSN; 305000—; —305,000
1411/4/17Premier LeagueStoke City / Leicester CityNBCSN; 292000—; —292,000
1511/5/17MLSNYCFC / Columbus CrewFS1; 270000—; —270,000
1611/5/17MLSPortland Timbers / Houston DynamoFS1; 265000—; —265,000
1711/5/17Premier LeagueSpurs / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 261000—; —261,000
1811/1/17UEFA CL Group StageSpurs / Real MadridFS1; 259000—; —259,000
1911/2/17MLS Conference Semi-FinalSeattle Sounders / Vancouver WhitecapsFS1; 208000—; —208,000
2011/5/17Liga MXTigres / Necaxa—; —UDN; 190000190,000
2110/31/17UEFA CL Group StageOlymipakos / Barcelona—; —FOXD; 168000168,000
2211/1/17Liga MXAtlas / Tigres—; —UDN; 166000166,000
2310/31/17UEFA CL Group StageMan Utd / BenficaFS1; 145000—; —145,000

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

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. NaBUru38

    November 16, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Those LMPS playoffs TV ratings are pathetic. It will take a really long for soccer to become mainstream in the United States.

    • NaBUru38

      November 16, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I means MLS

  2. Nicolas

    November 16, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Thanks for the information! 1.78 Millions in Germany. This is not disappointing but it’s not much more than Bayern-Leipzig.

  3. Nicolas

    November 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Do you have numbers for Dortmund-Bayern?

    • Christopher Harris

      November 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Nicolas, we were unable to obtain that game’s viewing number. If it was a big one, FOX Sports or the Bundesliga would have announced it, but with the game being on FS2, the number was most probably nothing to “write home” about.

      • Azer

        November 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

        Hello Chris,
        I just want to report that on December 19th, 2017 Comcast will be adding Fox Sports 2 to the Twin Cities market. I received the news on my last bill.

        • Christopher Harris

          November 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

          That’s great news! Thanks Azer for sharing the info.

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