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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 11-22, 2018

Last weekend three Liga MX matches have each drawn more than 1 million viewers for the first time on Univision’s networks. It all began Saturday night when 1.143 million witnessed Monterrey and Tijuana play to a 0-0 draw, followed by Chivas’ 3-1 victory over Necaxa, which was viewed by 1.308 million. Then the Sunday match between Club América and top-of-the-table Pumas was watched by another 1.172 million.

The Premier League has also seen a match break the 1 million viewer mark over the past couple of weeks. Liverpool’s January 14 win against Manchester City drew a combined 1.134 million viewers across NBCSN and Telemundo. Just one day earlier, NBC’s broadcast of Spurs/Everton had 889,000 average viewers with Manchester City and Newcastle attracting 890,000 to the network exactly one week later. Premier League matches on NBC are averaging 847,450 viewers thus far, down from 855,583 in the 2016-17 season.

FC Barcelona’s 5-0 second half demolition of Real Betis was watched by 414,000 viewers on beIN Sports en Español, while Real Madrid’s 7-1 defeat of Deportivo La Coruña was seen by 292,000 on the same network earlier in the day.

The United States Women’s National Team hosted Denmark for their opening match of 2018, defeating them 5-1 in front of 304,000 viewers on ESPN, a number greater than any USWNT friendly on cable in 2017.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 11-22, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
11/20/18Liga MXNecaxa / ChivasUnivision; 1308000—; —1,308,000
21/21/18Liga MXPumas / AméricaUnivision; 1172000—; —1,172,000
31/20/18Liga MXMonterrey / TijuanaUnivision; 1143000—; —1,143,000
41/14/18Premier LeagueLiverpool / Man CityNBCSN; 773000Telemundo; 3610001,134,000
51/20/18Premier LeagueMan City / NewcastleNBC; 890000Unvso; 74000964,000
61/13/18Premier LeagueSpurs / EvertonNBC; 889000Unvso; 70000959,000
71/13/18Liga MXChivas / Cruz AzulUnivision; 791000—; —791,000
81/20/18Liga MXCruz Azul / León—; —UDN; 659000659,000
91/21/18Premier LeagueSouthampton / SpursNBCSN; 428000Telemundo; 208000636,000
101/13/18Liga MXAmérica / PachucaUnivision; 605000—; —605,000
111/13/18Premier LeagueChelsea / Leicester CityNBCSN; 518000Unvso; 50000568,000
121/13/18Liga MXTigres / SantosUnivision; 544000UDN; —544,000
131/14/18Liga MXPumas / AtlasUnivision; 530000UDN; —530,000
141/20/18Premier LeagueBurnley / Man UtdNBCSN; 452000Unvso; 56000508,000
151/21/18La LigaReal Betis / Barcelona—; —beIE; 414000414,000
161/14/18Premier LeagueBournemouth / ArsenalNBCSN; 291000Telemundo; 114000405,000
171/15/18Premier LeagueMan Utd / Stoke CityNBCSN; 329000Unvso; 74000403,000
181/19/18Liga MXAtlas / Toluca—; —UDN; 359000359,000
191/21/18Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / DenmarkESPN; 304000—; —304,000
201/21/18La LigaReal Madrid / Deportivo La Coruña—; —beIE; 292000292,000
211/20/18Premier LeagueBrighton / ChelseaNBCSN; 232000Unvso; 56000288,000
221/12/18Liga MXTijuana / Necaxa—; —UDN; 282000282,000
231/22/18Premier LeagueSwansea / LiverpoolNBCSN; 251000Unvso; 27000278,000
241/14/18Liga MXVeracruz / Monterrey—; —UDN; 270000270,000
251/19/18Liga MXPuebla / Veracruz—; —UDN; 269000269,000
261/17/18Copa Del ReyEspanyol / Barcelona—; —beIE; 247000247,000
271/21/18Liga MXSantos / Morelia—; —UDN; 237000237,000
281/11/18Copa Del ReyBarcelona / Celta—; —beIE; 160000160,000
291/12/18Liga MXMorelia / Puebla—; —UDN; 8500085,000
301/13/18Liga MXLobos / Querétaro—; —UDN; 5800058,000

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

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