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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 7, 2018

The latest edition of the Mexican Súper Clásico featuring the nation’s two largest clubs Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América drew 1.677 million viewers on the evening of Sunday, September 30. It ranks as the fifth most-watched club football match in the United States in 2018 with the two clubs’ meeting in March on top at 2.485 million viewers. The match was also down nearly 13% from both the 2016 and 2017 Apertura meetings between the clubs.

Univision is seeing great success with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Viewership of the group stage en Español is up 84% from last season’s coverage on FOX Deportes and ESPN Deportes. Univision’s coverage of Wednesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona drew 662,000 viewers, down slightly from 672,000 viewers for Liverpool-PSG in matchweek 1.

Major League Soccer broadcasts on ESPN have seen a sharp decrease in viewership since the start of the NFL season. The league is averaging just 204,750 viewers since the start of September. The league was averaging 271,412 viewers on the network prior to the All-Star break early in August. FOX Sports 1 has seen a similar decline in viewership with just one match since the All-Star break averaging more than 200,000 viewers on the network.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 7, 2018:

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
19/30Liga MXAmérica / ChivasUnivision: 16770001,677,000
210/6Liga MXChivas / PumasUnivision: 10890001,089,000
310/7Premier LeagueLiverpool / Man CityNBCSN: 750000 / Telemundo: 293,0001,043,000
410/6Liga MXTigres / Club AméricaUnivision: 983000983,000
510/3UEFA Champions LeagueSpurs / BarcelonaTNT: 272000 / Univision: 662000934,000
610/6Premier LeagueMan Utd / NewcastleNBC: 789000 / Universo: 59,000848,000/td>
79/29Premier LeagueChelsea / LiverpoolNBCSN: 524000 / Telemundo: 263000787,000
89/29Liga MXPachuca / Cruz AzulUnivision: 539000 / ESPND: 246000785,000
910/2UEFA Champions LeagueCSKA Moskva / Real MadridUnivision: 390000 / UDN: 185000575,000
1010/7Premier LeagueSouthampton / ChelseaNBCSN: 361000 / Telemundo: 128,000489,000
119/30Liga MXPumas / PueblaUnivision: 455000455,000
1210/7Liga MXToluca / PachucaUnivision: 402000402,000
1310/6Premier LeagueSpurs / CardiffNBCSN: 341000 / Universo: 44,000385,000
1410/2UEFA Champions LeagueMan Utd / ValenciaTNT: 234000 / UniMás: 115000349,000
159/29MLSChicago Fire / Los Angeles FCUnivision: 283000 / UDN: 63000346,000
169/29Premier LeagueWest Ham / Man UtdNBCSN: 287000 / Unvso: 47000334,000
179/29Premier LeagueMan City / BrightonNBCSN: 276000 / Unvso: 52000328,000
189/29La LigaReal Madrid / Atlético MadridbeIN: 118000 / beIE: 205000323,000
1910/3UEFA Champions LeaguePSG / Crvena ZvezdaTNT: 128000 / UniMás: 163000291,000
2010/6Liga MXCruz Azul / Monterrey UDN: 281000281,000
2110/7CONCACAF WWCQPanama / USWNTFS1: 192000 / UDN: 85000277,000
2210/6MLSAtlanta United / New England RevolutionUnivision: 276000276,000
239/30MLSNew York Red Bulls / Atlanta UnitedESPN: 244000 / ESPND: 19000263,000
249/29Liga MXQuerétaro / TigresESPND: 76000 / UDN: 185000261,000
259/28Liga MXAtlas / Toluca UDN: 244000244,000
269/30Premier LeagueCardiff / BurnleyNBCSN: 225000225,000
2710/5Liga MXVeracruz / Necaxa UDN: 213000213,000
289/30Liga MXLobos / Morelia UDN: 211000211,000
2910/6Liga MXLeón / Morelia UDN: 204000204,000
3010/7Premier LeagueFulham / ArsenalNBCSN: 170000 / Universo: 29,000199,000
3110/7Liga MXPuebla / Lobos UDN: 193000193,000
329/29Liga MXNecaxa / Santos UDN: 189000189,000
3310/7MLSDC United / Chicago FireESPN: 175000175,000
3410/2UEFA Champions LeagueHoffenheim / Man CityTNT: 143000 / Gala: 31000174,000
3510/5Liga MXSantos / Atlas UDN: 171000171,000
369/28Liga MXVeracruz / León UDN: 146000146,000
3710/2UEFA Champions LeagueJuventus / Young BoysUniMás: 140000140,000
389/26US Open Cup FinalHouston Dynamo / Philadelphia UnionESPN2: 136000136,000
399/28BundesligaHertha / BayernFS1: 69000 / UniMás: 65000134,000
409/29Liga MXMonterrey / Tijuana FOXD: 134000134,000
4110/4CONCACAF WWCQUSWNT / Mexico UDN: 134000134,000
429/30MLSSporting Kansas City / Real Salt LakeFS1: 103000 / FOXD: 28000131,000
4310/4UEFA Europa LeagueSpartak Moskva / VillarrealUniMás: 131000131,000
449/26La LigaSevilla / Real Madrid beIE: 127000127,000
459/29La LigaBarcelona / BilbaobeIN: 30000 / beIE: 94000124,000
4610/6BundesligaDortmund / Augsburg UDN: 9100091,000
479/30BundesligaFrankfurt / HannoverFS1: 48000 / UDN: 4100089,000
489/29Premier LeagueHuddersfield / SpursCNBC: 8500085,000
499/25BundesligaBayern / AugsburgFS1: 7400074,000
509/29Ligue 1Nice / PSGbeIN: 19000 / beIE: 5500074,000
519/27CONCACAF LeagueMotagua / Tauro UDN: 7000070,000
529/27CONCACAF LeagueÁrabe Unido / Herediano UDN: 4900049,000
539/29Acenso MXFC Juarez / Zacatepec ESPND: 4900049,000
549/26La LigaLeganes / Barcelona beIE: 4700047,000
559/302. BundesligaHamburg / St. PauliFS1: 4500045,000
5610/2UEFA Champions LeagueBayern / Ajax Gala: 4000040,000
5710/4UEFA Europa LeagueBetis / DudelangeUniMás: 3300033,000
5810/4UEFA Europa LeagueStandart Liège / Akhisar Belediyespor UDN: 3200032,000
599/27La LigaGirona / Betis beIE: 3000030,000
609/29BundesligaSchalke / MainzFS2: 16000 / UDN: 1300029,000
6110/4UEFA Europa LeagueMilan / Piraeus UDN: 2300023,000
6210/3UEFA Champions LeagueLokomotiv Moskva / Schalke Gala: 2000020,000
6310/7BundesligaFreiburg / Leverkusen UDN: 1900019,000
6410/4UEFA Europa LeagueQarabag / Arsenal Gala: 1800018,000
6510/3UEFA Champions LeagueAtlético Madrid / Club Brugge Gala: 1300013,000
6610/4UEFA Europa LeagueFrankfurt / Lazio Gala: 1300013,000
6710/5BundesligaBremen / Wolfsburg UDN: 1100011,000
6810/4UEFA Europa LeagueAstana / Rennes UDN: 90009,000

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

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  1. Brian

    October 19, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Collin, what is the EPL average looking like.

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