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Most-watched soccer games: Nov. 21-Dec. 3, 2017

Liga MX’s Liguilla has nearly come to an end, averaging 1.051 million viewers per match through the semi-final round. Single-match viewership peaked in the quarter-final round as 2.174 million viewers tuned in as Club América closed out the aggregate 0-0 series to advance and to face Tigres in the semi-finals via the high seed tiebreaker. Club América’s semi-final series against Tigres averaged 1.785 million viewers despite América being demolished 4-0 on aggregate. When compared to the 2016 Apertura, Liguilla viewership is down 31% on Univision’s networks with Chivas de Guadalajara’s failure to qualify for the Liguilla likely playing a large role in decreased viewership.

Major League Soccer has seen a 13% increase in television viewership through the Conference Finals on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network, from 249,063 average viewers in the 2016 edition to 281,438 average viewers in 2017. The Columbus Crew have become quite the draw during their playoff run, averaging 382,600 viewers for their 5 playoff matches this season.

The Premier League on NBC has seen two consecutive matches reach the 1 million viewer mark for the first time since January as Liverpool-Chelsea played before an audience 1.052 million with Arsenal-Manchester United just 7 days later drawing 1.017 million to the broadcast network. This also marks just the second and third time a Premier League match has broken 1 million viewers this season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 21-December 3, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
111/26/17Liga MX LiguillaAmérica / Cruz AzulUnivision; 1064000UDN; 11100002,174,000
211/29/17Liga MX LiguillaAmérica / TigresUnivision; 1194000UDN; 8280002,022,000
312/2/17Liga MX LiguillaTigres / AméricaUnivision; 926000UDN; 6210001,547,000
411/25/17Liga MX LiguillaTigres / LeónUnivision; 750000UDN; 4670001,217,000
511/25/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / ChelseaNBC; 1052000Unvso; 670001,119,000
612/2/17Premier LeagueArsenal / Man UtdNBC; 1017000Unvso; 560001,073,000
711/23/17Liga MX LiguillaCruz Azul / Club América—; —UDN; 879000879,000
811/23/17Liga MX LiguillaAtlas / Monterrey—; —UDN; 762000762,000
911/25/17Liga MX LiguillaMorelia / Toluca—; —UDN; 728000728,000
1012/3/17Liga MX LiguillaMonterrey / Morelia—; —UDN; 703000703,000
1111/26/17Liga MX LiguillaMonterrey / Atlas—; —UDN; 700000700,000
1211/22/17Liga MX LiguillaToluca / Morelia—; —UDN; 697000697,000
1311/30/17Liga MX LiguillaMorelia / Monterrey—; —UDN; 687000687,000
1412/3/17Premier LeagueMan City / West HamNBCSN; 392000Telemundo; 253000645,000
1511/26/17Premier LeagueHuddersfield / Man CityNBCSN; 391000Telemundo; 204000595,000
1611/22/17Liga MX LiguillaLeón / Tigres—; —UDN; 500000500,000
1711/25/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / BrightonNBCSN; 394000Unvso; 32000426,000
1811/21/17MLS Conference FinalColumbus Crew / Toronto FCESPN; 419000—; —419,000
1911/30/17MLS Conference FinalSeattle Sounders / Houston DynamoESPN; 397000—; —397,000
2012/1/17FIFA World CupWorld Cup / Final Draw—; —Telemundo; 370000370,000
2112/2/17Premier LeagueBrighton / LiverpoolNBCSN; 323000—; —323,000
2212/2/17Premier LeagueChelsea / NewcastleNBCSN; 287000—; —287,000
2311/21/17MLS Conference FinalHouston Dynamo / Seattle SoundersFS1; 255000—; —255,000
2411/29/17MLS Conference FinalToronto FC / Columbus CrewFS1; 223000—; —223,000
2511/22/17UEFA CL Group StageJuventus / BarcelonaFS1; 218000—; —218,000
2612/3/17Premier LeagueBournemouth / SouthamptonNBCSN; 212000—; —212,000
2711/24/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / Leicester CityNBCSN; 175000Unvso; 36000211,000
2811/29/17Premier LeagueMan City / SouthamptonNBCSN; 191000—; —191,000
2911/26/17Premier LeagueBurnley / ArsenalCNBC; 190000—; —190,000
3011/28/17Premier LeagueLeicester City / SpursNBCSN; 180000—; —180,000
3112/2/17Premier LeagueSpurs / WatfordCNBC; 147000—; —147,000
3211/21/17UEFA CL Group StageAPOEL / Real MadridFS1; 114000—; —114,000

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

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  1. CoCo

    December 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Liga MX is the king of soccer in America. EPL seems like they’re getting better numbers. Meanwhile, MLS still getting their as*es handed to them by producing a much inferior product.

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