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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 24-April 1, 2018

During the past two weeks, Mexico’s international friendlies again dominated the US airwaves, drawing over 2 million viewers each for their matches against Iceland and Croatia. These matches rank as the 2nd and 3rd most watched soccer matches on American television in 2018, just behind March 3rd’s Súper Clásico contested by Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América which drew nearly 2.5 million viewers.

Club América’s 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul in the most recent edition of el Clásico Joven was watched by 1.427 million Saturday on Univision ranking it the fifth most watched soccer match of 2018 so far.

The United States Men’s National Team’s 1-0 friendly victory of Paraguay drew a combined 925,000 viewers to FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes, placing it at #27 for viewership in 2018.

Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-3 come from behind victory over Los Angeles FC was watched by 676,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes making it the most-watched Major League Soccer game on FOX to date that was not connected to any NFL broadcast.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 24-April 1, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
13/23/18Int’l FriendlyMexico / Iceland—; —Univision; 23000002,300,000
23/27/18Int’l FriendlyMexico / CroatiaFS1; 195000UniMás; 20530002,248,000
33/31/18Liga MXAmérica / Cruz AzulUnivision; 779000UDN; 6480001,427,000
43/31/18Liga MXTigres / LeónUnivision; 574000UDN; 353000927,000
53/27/18Int’l FriendlyUSMNT / ParaguayFS1; 337000UniMás; 588000925,000
63/31/18Premier LeagueEverton / Man CityNBC; 686000Universo, 61000747,000
74/1/18Premier LeagueChelsea / SpursNBCSN; 499000Telemundo, 270000769,000
83/31/18MLSLA Galaxy / LAFCFOX; 565000FOXD; 111000676,000
93/31/18Premier LeagueMan Utd / SwanseaNBCSN; 420000Universo, 37000457,000
104/1/18Liga MXPumas / NecaxaUnivision/UDN; 390000—; —390,000
113/30/18Liga MXMorelia / Chivas—; —UDN; 386000386,000
123/30/18Liga MXAtlas / Santos—; —UDN; 362000362,000
133/31/18BundesligaBayern / DortmundFOX; 352000—; —352,000
143/31/18Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / LiverpoolNBCSN; 268000Universo, 41000309,000
154/1/18Premier LeagueArsenal / Stoke CityNBCSN; 258000Universo, 34000292
163/31/18Liga MXLobos / Toluca—; —UDN; 252000252,000
173/24/18FriendlyTijuana / Club América—; —UDN; 226000226,000
183/24/18MLSFC Dallas / Portland TimbersUniMás/UDN; 198000—; —198,000
194/1/18Liga MXVeracruz / Tijuana—; —UDN; 180000180,000
203/31/18MLSOrlando City SC / New York RBUniMás/UDN; 171000—; —171,000
213/31/18Liga MXPachuca / Monterrey—; —Gala; 159000159,000
224/1/18BundesligaBremen / Frankfurt—; —UDN; 3100031,000
234/1/18BundesligaMainz / Mönchengladbach—; —UDN; 2500025,000
243/31/18BundesligaHannover / Leipzig—; —UDN; 2000020,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily and @thegoalkeeper.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Monte

    April 6, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    When you DVR a game, how does that effect these numbers??? I watched the Barcelona game live and had the LAG-LAFC game DVR and watched it later, so would only the Barcelona game get credit???

  2. Jonh

    April 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for these updates. I come here every week to check. Not planning on keeping averages anymore? And yes, any idea on the NYCFC vs. SJ on 31st?

    • Collin Werner

      April 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      We no longer consistently have access to the ratings for many leagues including MLS’ NYCFC/San Jose match so we are unable to track a true average viewership.

  3. jperos

    April 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    3/31/18 SJ vs. NYCFC on ESPN2?

    • Lawrence Dockery

      April 9, 2018 at 11:24 am

      I couldn’t find the number on ShowBuzz Daily, which would lead me to believe that it was a minuscule number.

    • Collin Werner

      April 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I was not able to find the number published anywhere, we can probably assume it was around 200k viewers but I have nothing concrete.

  4. Andy

    April 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Any ratings for Dallas Cup games on 3/30, 3/31, and 4/1? (UDN). Thanks in advance.

    • Collin Werner

      April 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      I’ll try to include the Dallas Cup matches in next week’s post.

  5. RB Sinc

    April 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Do you have numbers for the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime at 4:00pm Eastern? There were games on March 24 (NC v Portland) and March 31 (Washington v Orlando).

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