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Most-watched soccer games for August 22-September 2, 2018

The Bundesliga’s opening round matchup between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig averaged 395,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network making it the most-watched Bundesliga match on an English-language network since November 19, 2016 when Borussia Dortmund faced Bayern Munich, also on FOX.

Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle was watched by 870,000 viewers on NBC, down slightly from 876,000 for NBC’s corresponding matchup last season but up from 831,000 viewers for Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Brighton one week earlier. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Premier League on NBC is averaging 892,000 viewers.

ESPN’s August 26th MLS broadcast featuring Orlando City and Atlanta United drew 305,000 viewers, making it the most-watched regular season match on cable since May 5 when ESPN broadcast the Hudson River Derby to 334,000 average viewers.

FOX Sports 1 continues to struggle with their MLS broadcasts, with last Sunday’s game between Wayne Rooney’s DC United and the popular Atlanta United only drawing 155,000 viewers to the network. MLS broadcasts on FS1 have so far failed to break the 300,000-viewer mark in the 2018 season. FS1 accomplished this feat three times last season.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 22-September 2, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
18/25Liga MXAmérica / PumasUnivision: 600000 / UDN: 332000932,000
29/1Premier LeagueMan City / NewcastleNBC: 870000 / Unvso:870,000
38/25Premier LeagueLiverpool / BrightonNBC: 831000 / Unvso: 35000866,000
49/1Liga MXChivas / PachucaUnivision: 865000 / —: —865,000
58/26Premier LeagueNewcastle / ChelseaNBCSN: 535000 / Telemundo: 277000812,000
68/25Premier LeagueArsenal / West HamNBCSN: 537000 / Unvso: 70000607,000
79/1Liga MXTigres / AtlasUnivision: 571000 / —: —571,000
88/26Liga MXSantos / Cruz Azul—: — / UDN: 564000564,000
98/24Liga MXAtlas / ChivasUniMás: 534000 / —: —534,000
108/25Liga MXNecaxa / TigresUnivision: 495000 / —: —495,000
119/2Premier LeagueMan Utd / BurnleyNBCSN: 495000 / Telemundo:495,000
128/26BundesligaDortmund / StuttgartFOX: 395000 / UDN: 33000428,000
139/2Liga MXToluca / SantosUnivision: 425000 / —: —425,000
148/27Premier LeagueMan Utd / SpursNBCSN: 395000 / Unvso: 17000412,000
158/22Liga MXLeón / AméricaUniMás: 396000 / —: —396,000
168/25Premier LeagueWolves / Man CityNBCSN: 334000 / Unvso: 19000353,000
179/1Premier LeagueChelsea / BournemouthNBCSN: 353000 / Unvso:353,000
189/1Premier LeagueLeicetser City / LiverpoolNBCSN: 351000 / Unvso:351,000
199/2Premier LeagueCardiff / ArsenalNBCSN: 349000 / —: —349,000
208/24MLSOrlando City SC / Atlanta UnitedESPN: 305000 / ESPND: —305,000
219/1Liga MXCruz Azul / Veracruz—: — / UDN: 303000303,000
229/2Liga MXLobos / América—: — / UDN: 284000284,000
238/31Liga MXPuebla / Monterrey—: — / UDN: 276000276,000
248/22Liga MXCruz Azul / Toluca—: — / UDN: 273000273,000
258/24MLSLos Angeles Galaxy / Los Angeles FCESPN: 257000 / ESPND: —257,000
268/25Liga MXPachuca / Puebla—: — / UDN: 249000249,000
278/23MLSHouston Dynamo / FC DallasUniMás: 244000 / UDN: —244,000
288/31Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / ChileESPN2: 236000 / —: —236,000
298/26MLSPortland Timbers / Seattle SoundersFS1: 235000 / FOXD: —235,000
308/26Premier LeagueWatford / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 232000 / —: —232,000
318/26Liga MXToluca / León—: — / UDN: 229000229,000
328/31Liga MXMorelia / Querétaro—: — / UDN: 225000225,000
338/25Serie AJuventus / LazioESPN2: 210000 / ESPND: —210,000
349/1MLSSeattle Sounders / Sporting Kansas CityUniMás: 102000 / UDN: 94000196,000
358/22Liga MXTigres / Veracruz—: — / UDN: 190000190,000
368/25Liga MXMonterrey / MoreliaFS2: — / FOXD: 171000171,000
378/26MLSNew York Red Bulls / DC UnitedFS1: 168000 / FOXD: —168,000
389/2MLSDC United / Atlanta UnitedFS1: 155000 / FOXD: —155,000
398/22UEFA Champions LeagueAjax / Dynamo KyivTNT: 109000 / UDN: ?109,000
408/22Liga MXTijuana / SantosFS1: ? / FOXD: 104000104,000
418/24BundesligaBayern / HoffenheimFS1: 97000 / FOXD: —97,000
428/29UEFA Champions LeaguePSV Eindhoven / BATE Borisov—: — / UDN: 8800088,000
438/28UEFA Champions LeagueDynamo Kyiv / AjaxTNT: ? / UDN: 6500065,000
448/22Liga MXLobos / Monterrey—: — / Gala: 5900059,000
459/1Liga MXLeón / Pumas—: — / Gala: 5300053,000
469/1BundesligaStuttgart / BayernFS2: ? / UDN: 5100051,000
479/1BundesligaLeverkusen / WolfsburgFS1: ? / UDN: 3800038,000
488/25BundesligaWolfsburg / SchalkeFS1: — / UDN: 3300033,000
498/30CONCACAF LeagueWalter Ferreti / Tauro—: — / UDN: 3100031,000
508/30CONCACAF LeaguePortmore United / Motagua—: — / UDN: 2900029,000
518/25BundesligaMönchengladbach / LeverkusenFS1: — / UDN: 1800018,000
528/31BundesligaHannover / DortmundFS1: ? / UDN: 1700017,000
538/29UEFA Champions LeaguePAOK / BenficaTNT: ? / Gala: 1200012,000
548/22UEFA Champions LeagueYoung Boys / Dinamo Zagreb—: — / Gala: 1100011,000
558/28UEFA Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb / Young Boys—: — / Gala: 90009,000

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

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. JP

    September 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Any chance you are ever going to get the viewership on the following MLS games?

    Missing Games
    TFC/Seattle 5/19/18 FS1
    NYCFC/RBNY 7/8/18 FS1
    RBNY/LAFC 8/5/18 FS1
    TFC/NYCFC 8/12/18 ESPN
    DCU/Orlando 8/12/18 FS1
    DCU/NER 8/19/18 FS1
    NYCFC/RBNY 8/22/18 FS1
    NYCFC/DCU 9/8/18 Univision
    Col/ATL 9/15/18 Univision
    Chicago/OFC 9/16/18 FS1

    I know it’s been said that the ratings are so low that they are not reported. And yet you have UCL games listed with viewership numbers as low as 9,000. I’m confused….

    • Edwin

      September 18, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      In Christopher’s defense here I think he was just talking about Ligue 1 ratings
      The September numbers will probably get released Thursday podcast tune in. FS1 have been bad with releasing MLS numbers this year I’m not sure what to make if numbers are low as they’ve had no issues releasing really low Bundesliga numbers in the sub 100k range like below: so not sure??
      Bayern / Hoffenheim FS1: 97000 / FOXD: — 97,000

  2. Anon

    September 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Ligue 1 viewing numbers on Bein Sports?

    • Christopher Harris

      September 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Unfortunately they’ve been too small lately to make the top 150 programs on TV each day, which is why there are no Ligue 1 games listed.

  3. Jose

    September 10, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    It is annoying, especially for ESPN FC show. It is better just to listen. The sound comes before the picture.

  4. Jose

    September 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Does anyone else has a problem with audio/video synchronicity on ESPN +?

    • Edwin

      September 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Works fine I watched the Maryland Bowling Green football game Sat for a 3 half hour game only buffered once and was simply solved by hitting pause and play.

  5. Macsimillian

    September 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Any idea how TNT and BR-app are doing on selling their package to subscribers? I’m quite intrigued by how they’re doing.

    Also, any numbers on subscribers to ESPN+ cuz I see more complaints than satisfied customers? Is it just loud complainers or a bad idea?

  6. Angelo

    September 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Any news on the ESPN Deportes ratings for juventus Lazio,? Also the game was on Rai as well , are there any ratings stats for Rai? Anyway 210k not bad for 2nd week of season. I just feel that Rai takes away a lot of viewers from the us language broadcasts. Also I think a marquee matchup on ESPN flagship station should rate even better.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 9, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      We’re not able to obtain TV viewing numbers for games on ESPN Deportes or RAI.

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