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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-15, 2018

Liga MX saw a big drop in viewership last weekend averaging only 480,000 viewers per broadcast, which is down 26% from the league’s 651,000 average viewers in 2018. This was probably due to Chivas de Guadalajara playing their match late Friday night exclusively on Univision Deportes, which only saw about half of Chivas’ usual viewership.

Toronto FC’s second leg draw against Club América that saw them advance to the CONCACAF Champions League final drew 898,000 viewers to Univision Deportes, the network’s highest viewership for a CONCACAF Champions League match in 2018. New York Red Bull’s second leg against Chivas also impressed, drawing 667,000 viewers to earn the third largest CONCACAF Champions League viewership in 2018.


A goal from Zlatan Ibrahimović carried the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 road victory against Chicago Fire with 341,000 people watching on Univision and Univision Deportes, bringing Univision’s MLS average viewership up to 291,000 in 2018. FOX and FS1 are averaging less with only 267,800 viewers per broadcast while ESPN is in the lead with an average of 328,833 viewers tuning in for each match on the primary network.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-15, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
14/14/18Liga MXClub América / MonterreyUnivision; 678000UDN; 4720001,150,000
24/14/18Premier LeagueLiverpool / BournemouthNBC; 908000Unvso; 58000966,000
34/10/18CONCACAF CLClub América / Toronto FC—; —UDN; 898000898,000
44/14/18Liga MXTigres / Cruz AzulUnivision; 498000UDN; 372000870,000
54/15/18Premier LeagueMan Utd / West BromNBCSN; 527000Telemundo; 221000748,000
64/10/18CONCACAF CLNew York Red Bulls / Chivas—; —UDN; 667000667,000
74/14/18Premier LeagueSpurs / Man CityNBCSN; 431000Unvso; 117000548,000
84/15/18Liga MXPumas / PueblaUnivision; 498000—; —498,000
94/13/18Liga MXTijuana / Chivas—; —UDN; 433000433,000
104/10/18UEFA CL QFMan City / LiverpoolFS1; 376000—; —376,000
114/15/18Premier LeagueNewcastle / ArsenalNBCSN; 315000Telemundo; 47000362,000
124/11/18UEFA CL QFReal Madrid / JuventusFS1; 356000—; —356,000
134/14/18MLSChicago Fire / LA GalaxyUnivision; 341000—; —341,000
144/10/18UEFA CL QFRoma / Barcelona—; —FOXD; 295000295,000
154/14/18Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / BrightonNBCSN; 278000—; —278,000
164/14/18Premier LeagueSouthampton / ChelseaNBCSN; 265000—; —265,000
174/13/18MLSPhiladelphia Union / Orlando City SCESPN; 253000—; —253,000
184/15/18MLSSporting Kansas City / Seattle SoundersESPN; 248000—; —248,000
194/15/18MLSAtlanta United / New York City FCFS1; 197000—; —197,000
204/14/18Liga MXLobos / Necaxa—; —UDN; 176000176,000
214/15/18Liga MXVeracruz / León—; —UDN; 176000176,000
224/12/18UEFA ELCSKA Moskva / ArsenalFS1; 145000—; —145,000
234/13/18Liga MXMorelia / Toluca—; —UDN; 5900059,000

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

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. LittleTav

    April 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    NWSL numbers please

    • Collin Werner

      April 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      I would love to see some NWSL numbers as well, unfortunately they are very difficult to find.

  2. Edwin

    April 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Collin your numbers are off for MLS ratings we have a running tab of every game and even do our best to get streaming numbers on Bigsoccer.com the accurate numbers with dates and broadcast for all MLS games played on National TV are below.

    Total Network Average 303.9k
    Average ESPN Networks 298.7k
    Average Fox Networks 305.3k
    Average Univision Networks 307.8k

    MLS TV 2018 TV Ratings

    ESPN Networks FOX Networks Univision Networks

    Week 1

    HOU v ATL 469K UNI March 3
    SEA v LAFC 456K ESPN Mar 4
    SKC v NYCFC 180K FS1 Mar 4
    LAG v Port 168K FS1 Mar 4

    Week2

    ATL v DC 576K ESPN Mar 11
    RSL v LAFC 429K UNI Mar 10

    Week 3

    NYCFC v OCSC 239k UNI Mar 17

    Week 4

    FCD v Portland 198k UniMas Mar 24

    Week 5

    OCSC v NYRB 171k UniMas Mar 31
    San Jose v NYCFC 115k ESPN2 Mar 31
    LAG v LAFC 676K FOX Mar 31

    Week 6

    ATL v LAFC ESPN 259k Apr 9
    LAG v SKC FS1 229k Apr 9
    OCSC v Portland 181k ESPN Apr 8

    Week 7

    Phil vs Orlando ESPN 253k Apr 13
    Chicago v LA Galaxy Univision 341k Apr 14
    ATL UTD v NYCFC FS1 197k Apr 15
    Sporting KC v Seattle ESPN 248k Apr 15

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