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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 2-19, 2018

The first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has concluded with Telemundo just slightly edging out FOX Sports in viewership. Telemundo averaged 1.968 million viewers through the first 16 matches of the tournament while FOX averaged 1.963 million viewers across the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports 1. So far, TV viewership from the U.S. has dropped about 44% compared with the last tournament in 2014, according to data from Nielsen.

Telemundo is in more than 53 million homes in the United States. FOX Sports, who have been broadcasting games on the over-the-air FOX network and FS1, are in 116 million homes (FOX) and 84 million homes (FS1) respectively.

Sunday’s FOX Sports 1 triple header delivered the network their two most-watched men’s soccer games ever with both surpassing four million viewers.

Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Germany drew an additional 7.12 million viewers to Telemundo, making it the most-watched Mexico Group Stage World Cup Game ever on any network and Telemundo’s most-watched sporting event in history.

Total television viewership reached its highest point thus far on Sunday for Mexico’s match against defending champions Germany with 11.12 million tuning in on FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo. Viewership hit its lowest point just a day earlier with only 1.286 million watching Australia take on France also on FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 2-19, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1TV2Total
16/17/18World CupGermany / MexicoFS1; 4,002,000Telemundo; 7,120,00011,122,000
26/17/18World CupBrazil / SwitzerlandFS1; 4,086,000Telemundo; 4,350,0008,436,000
36/16/18World CupArgentina / IcelandFOX; 2,973,000Telemundo; 2,210,0005,183,000
46/15/18World CupPortugal / SpainFOX; 2,924,000Telemundo; 1,840,0004,764,000
56/16/18World CupPeru / DenmarkFS1; 2,001,000Telemundo; 2,450,0004,451,000
66/16/18World CupCroatia / NigeriaFS1; 2,178,000Telemundo; 1,930,0004,108,000
76/17/18World CupCosta Rica / SerbiaFOX; 1,826,000Telemundo; 1,660,0003,486,000
86/18/18World CupTunisia / EnglandFS1; 1,931,000Telemundo; 1,430,0003,361,000
96/19/18World CupRussia / EgyptFOX; 1,957,000Telemundo; 1,260,0003,217,000
106/14/18World CupRussia / Saudi ArabiaFOX; 1,678,000Telemundo; 1,370,0003,048,000
116/18/18World CupBelgium / PanamaFS1; 1,364,000Telemundo; 1,600,0002,964,000
126/19/18World CupPoland / SenegalFOX; 1,647,000Telemundo; 1,200,0002,847,000
136/19/18World CupColombia / JapanFS1; 953,000Telemundo; 1,520,0002,473,000
146/15/18World CupMorocco / IranFOX; 1,518,000Telemundo; 9490002,467,000
156/15/18World CupEgypt / UruguayFS1; 782,000Telemundo; 1,190,0001,972,000
166/18/18World CupSweden / KoreaFS1; 750,000Telemundo; 746,0001,496,000
176/2/18Int’l FriendlyMexico / ScotlandFS1; —Univision; 1,777,0001,777,000
186/16/18World CupFrance / AustraliaFS1; 796,000Telemundo; 490,0001,286,000
196/9/18Int’l FriendlyDenmark / MexicoUnivision; 734,000UDN; 470,0001,204,000
206/9/18Int’l FriendlyFrance / USMNTESPN; 697,000UniMás; 3950001,092,000
216/2/18Int’l FriendlyIreland / USMNTESPN2; 453,000UniMás; 303,000756,000
226/7/18Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / ChinaFS1; 247,000UDN; 72000319,000
236/9/18MLSColumbus Crew / New York Red BullsESPN; 292,000ESPND; —292,000
246/2/18MLSPortland Timbers / LA GalaxyESPN2; 272,000ESPND; —272,000

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

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