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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 7-23, 2017

Tigres’ 3-2 aggregate victory over Monterrey in the Liga MX Apertura final averaged 2.35 million viewers across two matches on Univision and Univision Deportes, down 23% from 3.05 million average viewers across both legs of the 2016 Apertura final featuring Club América and Tigres but up 16% from 2.02 million average viewers for both legs of the 2016 Clasura final between Chivas and Tigres. Overall, Liguilla viewership fell 31% on Univision’s networks when compared to the 2016 Apertura tournament.

Premier League matches have broken the 1 million viewer mark for 5 consecutive weeks across NBC’s networks starting with Liverpool’s match against Chelsea on November 25, which averaged 1.119 million viewers and concluding with Leicester City’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United this past weekend which averaged 1.179 million viewers. Peak viewership was reached on December 10 for the Manchester Derby which averaged 1.397 million viewers across NBCSN and Telemundo.

The MLS Cup final saw a massive drop in viewership, hitting its lowest point since the 2013 final as only 1.107 million people tuned into the final on either ESPN or UniMás, down nearly 1 million viewers from last year’s final with both featuring Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders. On the English-language side, ESPN shed 608,000 viewers from FOX’s broadcast and UniMás’ viewership was cut in half as only 304,000 tuned in versus 601,000 in 2016.

beIN SPORTS’ coverage of “El Clásico” between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona averaged more than 845,000 total viewers (P2+) across both networks, beginning with the earliest airtime for El Clásico at 6:40 a.m. ET. beIN SPORTS will continue its coverage of El Clásico, with the next match taking place in May 2018 during the afternoon – match dates and times to be announced.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 7-23, 2017:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
112/10/17Liga MX Liguilla FinalMonterrey / TigresUnivision; 1547000UDN; 8530002,400,000
212/7/17Liga MX Liguilla FinalTigres / MonterreyUnivision; 1444000UDN; 8560002,300,000
312/10/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / Man CityNBCSN; 902000Telemundo; 4950001,397,000
412/23/17Premier LeagueLeicester City / Man UtdNBC; 991000Telemundo; 1880001,179,000
512/16/17Premier LeagueMan City / SpursNBC; 1058000Unvso; 610001,119,000
612/9/17MLS Cup FinalToronto FC / Seattle SoundersESPN; 803000UniMás; 3040001,107,000
712/23/17Premier LeagueBurnley / SpursNBC; 896000—; —896,000
812/23/17LaLigaReal Madrid / BarcelonabeIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol; 845000—; —845,000
912/10/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / EvertonNBCSN; 594000Telemundo; 185000779,000
1012/9/17Premier LeagueNewcastle / Leicester CityNBC; 776000—; —776,000
1112/17/17Premier LeagueBournemouth / LiverpoolNBCSN; 400000Telemundo; 176000576,000
1212/21/17Copa MXMonterrey / Pachuca—; —UDN; 495000495,000
1312/17/17Premier LeagueWest Brom / Man UtdNBCSN; 386000Unvso; 63000449,000
1412/16/17FIFA Club World CupReal Madrid / Grêmio—; —Telemundo; 438000438,000
1512/22/17Premier LeagueArsenal / LiverpoolNBCSN; 411000Unvso; 23000434,000
1612/16/17Premier LeagueChelsea / SouthamptonNBCSN; 432000—; —432,000
1712/23/17Premier LeagueMan City / BournemouthNBCSN; 380000—; —380,000
1812/9/17Premier LeagueSpurs / Stoke CityNBCSN; 367000—; —367,000
1912/9/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / ChelseaNBCSN; 305000Unvso; 40000345,000
2012/6/17UEFA CL Group StageReal Madrid / DortmundFS1; 161000FOXD; 175000336,000
2112/23/17Premier LeagueEverton / ChelseaNBCSN; 270000Unvso; 14000284,000
2212/16/17Premier LeagueLeicester City / Crystal PalaceNBCSN; 252000—; —252,000
2312/10/17Premier LeagueSouthampton / ArsenalNBCSN; 244000—; —244,000
2412/13/17FIFA Club World CupAl Jazira / Real Madrid—; —Telemundo; 214000214,000
2512/12/17FIFA Club World CupGrêmio / Pachuca—; —Telemundo; 200000200,000
2612/9/17FIFA Club World CupPachuca / Casablanca—; —Telemundo; 197000197,000
2712/13/17Premier LeagueSwansea / Man CityNBCSN; 173000—; —173,000
2812/16/17Premier LeagueArsenal / NewcastleCNBC; 173000—; —173,000
2912/18/17Premier LeagueEverton / SwanseaNBCSN; 148000—; —148,000
3012/16/17FIFA Club World CupAl Jazira / Pachuca—; —Unvso; 6600066,000
3112/9/17FIFA Club World CupAl Jazira / Urawa Reds—; —Unvso; 4100041,000
3212/23/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / Newcastle—; —Unvso; 3000030,000
3312/18/17Campeonato CariocaAmérica FC / Fluminense—; —UDN; 2700027,000
3412/13/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / Arsenal—; —Unvso; 2300023,000

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

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. NaBUru38

    January 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    So the Fifa CLub World Cup wasn’t aired in English? Ridiculous.

    • Oliver Tse

      January 12, 2018 at 4:53 am

      FOX Soccer Match Pass has the FIFA Club World Cup in English, behind a pay wall. FOX got the rights basically for nothing (i.e. $1 in rights fee plus transmission cost) because no one else wants the rights.

  2. CTBlues

    January 3, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Why wouldn’t this be for the whole month of December? Delay releasing it so you can get all the number for the whole month not stop a week before hand.

    • Christopher Harris

      January 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      We usually release it on a weekly basis but with the holidays, we combined two weeks into one report.

  3. footballfan

    January 3, 2018 at 7:42 am

    WOW I though Man Utd vs Man City was still top.

  4. erik

    December 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    2.4 million for the Liga MX final looks impressive but compared to the numbers of past Liga MX finals it’s actually quite disappointing. Especially because of the hype of Tigres and Rayados supposedly being the new “big” teams in Mexico. This final is the second least viewed Liga MX final in the past 5 years only above Queretaro-Santos from 2015.

    Here are the numbers for the second leg of each Liga MX finals from the past 5 years:

    Tijuana/Toluca Ap.12 – 2.9 million
    America/Cruz Azul Cl.13 – 4.5 million
    America/Leon Ap.13 – 3.5 million
    Pachuca/Leon Cl14. 2.5 million (aired on UniMas)
    America/Tigres Ap.14 – 3.0 million
    Santos/Queretaro Cl.15 – 1.2 million (aired on Azteca and ESPN Deportes but no #s are available for ESPN Deportes)
    Pumas/Tigres Ap.15 – 2.8 million
    Monterrey/Pachuca Cl16. – 2.6 million
    Tigres/America Ap.16 – 3.3 million
    Chivas/Tigres Cl.17 – 2.8 million
    Monterrey/Tigres Ap.17 – 2.4 million

    I guess there wasn’t as much interest in the “Final de Rancho” in the US compared to other finals.

  5. Babs

    December 30, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    The MLS Cup final came 6th in it’s own country! That’s embarrassing. So much work to do for the MLS.

  6. Ivan

    December 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Liga MX remains the true tv ratings giant in the US…
    The final games between Monterrey and Tigres were crazy, drama, quality football, they had it all…
    I am an English speaker and enjoy Liga MX very much. I wish there was an article here and there on this blog about the most popular league in the United States…just a suggestion.

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