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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 26-January 7

Liga MX returned to American television last week with an average audience of 653,714 viewers on Univision’s networks, down 26% from the 2017 Clasura. However, it is worth noting that as of the 2017 Apertura, more matches are aired live on Univision’s networks across more timeslots. Total viewership for the first week of the season was up almost 4% at 4.58 million.

Meanwhile, FA Cup 3rd Round matches on FS1 averaged 284,600 viewers last week, up 15% from 247,167 for the 2016-17 edition of the competition. Max viewership for the round was reached during Nottingham Forest’s shocking 4-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday with 370,000 people tuning in. This just slightly edges out the most-viewed match of the 3rd round in 2017 as 369,000 watched Arsenal defeat Preston North End on FS1.

Individual Premier League games on NBC surpassed 1 million viewers for six straight weeks recently when Manchester United’s match against Southampton drew a combined 1.005 million viewers on NBCSN and Universo. Viewership peaked with the season high 1.397 million viewers for the Manchester Derby on December 10, which at the time saw the streak extended to a third week. Other notable matches during this run include Liverpool-Chelsea, Man City-Spurs and Leicester City-Man United, which all managed to draw over 1.1 million viewers.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
11/7/18Liga MXQuerétaro / AméricaUnivision; 1176000UDN; —1,176,000
212/30/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / SouthamptonNBC; 932000Unvso; 730001,005,000
31/6/18Liga MXMonterrey / MonarcasUnivision; 777000UDN; —777,000
41/7/18Liga MXToluca / ChivasUnivision; 731000UDN; —731,000
51/1/18Premier LeagueEverton / Man UtdNBCSN; 533000Unvso; 86000619,000
61/6/18Liga MXNecaxa / VeracruzUnivision; 507000UDN; —507,000
712/30/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / Leicester CityNBCSN; 498000—; —498,000
812/26/17Premier LeagueMan Utd / BurnleyNBCSN; 444000Unvso; 34000478,000
91/3/18Premier LeagueArsenal / ChelseaNBCSN; 367000Unvso; 78000445,000
101/1/18Premier LeagueBurnley / LiverpoolNBCSN; 388000Unvso; 49000437,000
1112/31/17Premier LeagueWest Brom / ArsenalNBCSN; 412000—; —412,000
1212/26/17Premier LeagueLiverpool / SwanseaNBCSN; 402000—; —402,000
131/5/18Liga MXAtlas / León—; —UDN; 395000395,000
141/7/18La LigaBarcelona / Levante—; —beIE; 395000395,000
151/4/18Premier LeagueSpurs / West HamNBCSN; 327000Unvso; 51000378,000
161/7/18FA CupNottingham Forest / ArsenalFS1; 370000—; —370,000
171/5/18Liga MXPuebla / Tigres—; —UDN; 366000366,000
181/6/18Liga MXCruz Azul / Tijuana—; —UDN; 351000351,000
191/2/18Premier LeagueSwansea / SpursNBCSN; 287000Unvso; 57000344,000
201/6/18FA CupNorwich / ChelseaFS1; 333000—; —333,000
211/6/18FA CupMan City / BurnleyFS1; 295000—; —295,000
221/7/18La LigaCelta Vigo / Real Madrid—; —beIE; 289000289,000
2312/27/17Premier LeagueNewcastle / Man CityNBCSN; 287000—; —287,000
2412/28/17Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / ArsenalNBCSN; 283000—; —283,000
251/6/18Liga MXPachuca / Pumas—; —Gala; 273000273,000
261/4/18Copa Del ReyCelta / Barcelona—; —beIE; 238000238,000
271/5/18FA CupLiverpool / EvertonFS1; 224000—; —224,000
281/4/18Copa Del ReyNumancia / Real Madrid—; —beIE; 220000220,000
2912/31/17Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / Man CityNBCSN; 206000—; —206,000
301/7/18FA CupShrewsbury Town / West HamFS1; 201000—; —201,000
3112/26/17Premier LeagueSpurs / SouthamptonNBCSN; 162000—; —162,000
3212/30/17Premier LeagueChelsea / Stoke CityCNBC; 109000—; —109,000

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

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