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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 13-26, 2018

Last Saturday afternoon’s London Derby between Spurs and Chelsea averaged 824,000 views on the NBC broadcast network, the most for a Premier League match on NBC since September 1. The Premier League has seen more than a 13% drop in viewership in October and November when compared to the first two months of the season, shedding over 100,000 average viewers per match.

Mexico’s two matches against Argentina were unsurprisingly the two most-watched matches of the November international break with both matches averaging 879,000 viewers across UniMás and Univision Deportes. The United States’ away trip to England and Italy averaged just 363,000 viewers on ESPN2, FOX Sports 1 and UniMás with the match against England grabbing the most viewers at 455,000.

The MLS Conference Finals first leg matches were the least watched since 2015 with a 15% drop in viewership compared to last season. ESPN’s broadcast accounted for most of that with Atlanta United’s 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls earning 85,000 fewer viewers than the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC’s 0-0 draw to open the Conference Finals in 2017.

 

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
111/24Liga MX AperturaChivas / TigresUnivision: 604000 / UDN: 299000903,000
211/24Premier LeagueSpurs / ChelseaNBC: 824000 / Unvso: 75000899,000
311/16Int’l FriendlyArgentina / MexicoUniMás: 512000 / UDN: 367000879,000
411/20Int’l FriendlyArgentina / MexicoUniMás: 474000 / UDN: 405000879,000
511/24Liga MX AperturaClub América / VeracruzUnivision: 562000 / UDN: 283000845,000
611/25Liga MX AperturaPumas / SantosUnivision/UDN: 524000524,000
711/15Int’l FriendlyEngland / USMNTESPN2: 310000 / UniMás: 145000455,000
811/24Premier LeagueWest Ham / Man CityNBCSN: 348000 / Unvso: 49000397,000
911/18UEFA Nations LeagueEngland / CroatiaESPN2: 210000 / UDN: 126000336,000
1011/25MLS Eastern ChampionshipAtlanta United / New York Red BullsESPN: 334000334,000
1111/25Premier LeagueBournemouth / ArsenalNBCSN: 262000 / Unvso: 26000288,000
1211/23Liga MX AperturaMorelia / Cruz Azul UDN: 281000281,000
1311/18UEFA Nations LeagueSwitzerland / BelgiumUniMás/UDN: 279000279,000
1411/20Int’l FriendlyItaly / USMNTFS1: 208000 / UniMás: 63000271,000
1511/17UEFA Nations LeagueItaly / PortugalUniMás: 266000266,000
1611/24Copa LibertadoresRiver Plate / Boca Juniors (postponed)FOX Deportes: 265000265,000
1711/25Premier LeagueWolves / HuddersfieldNBCSN: 265000265,000
1811/23Liga MX AperturaPuebla / Tijuana UDN: 243000243,000
1911/25MLS Western ChampionshipPortland Timbers / Sporting Kansas CityFS1: 237000237,000
2011/16UEFA Nations LeagueNetherlands / FranceUniMás: 85000 / UDN: 121000206,000
2111/24Liga MX AperturaQuerétaro / Necaxa UDN: 175000175,000
2211/26Premier LeagueBurnley / NewcastleNBCSN: 130000130,000
2311/25Liga MX AperturaLobos / Toluca UDN: 128000128,000
2411/19UEFA Nations LeagueGermany / NetherlandsUniMás/UDN: 123000123,000
2511/24BundesligaBayern / Düsseldorf UniMás: 117000117,000
2611/24Liga MX AperturaMonterrey / Atlas FOXD: 106000106,000
2711/18UEFA Nations LeagueNorthern Ireland / Austria UDN: 101000101,000
2811/17UEFA Nations LeagueTurkey / Sweden UDN: 8000080,000
2911/24Liga MX AperturaPachuca / León Gala: 7700077,000
3011/20Int’l FriendlyFrance / Uruguay Gala: 6600066,000
3111/17CONCACAF Nations League QNicaragua / Haiti UDN: 4800048,000
3211/15UEFA Nations LeagueCroatia / Spain Gala: 4300043,000
3311/25BundesligaFreiburg / Bremen UDN: 2600026,000
3411/13Int’l Friendly (W)Scotland / USWNT UDN: 2400024,000
3511/17UEFA Nations LeagueSerbia / Montenegro UDN: 2300023,000
3611/24BundesligaSchalke / Nürnberg UDN: 2000020,000

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

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  1. Larry Kern

    December 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I believe you’re correct Edwin. I think the NFL has had an effect on the numbers. Real football will always lose out to fake football (99% of the time it’s a foul if you even use your foot!)

  2. Edwin

    November 30, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    What’s accounting for the EPL drop. I suspect it’s NFL season heating up judging by the timing of drops. But is there some downward or ceiling to EPL numbers. According the this article EPL numbers have declined sharply and plateaued since the record breaking 2015-16. This season NBC/NBCSN/CNBC are averaging 417k viewers per game the total average across cable channels NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/Telemundo/Universo is 299k.
    http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2017/05/premier-league-ratings-down-least-watched-season-nbc/
    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2017/06/09/Media/EPL.aspx
    http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2018/05/nhl-conference-final-ratings-mlb-premier-league/
    Season
    13-14- 438k
    14-15- 479k
    15-16-514k
    16-17-423k
    17-18-438k

    • Des

      December 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      15-16 season was most popular I think because of Leicester City winning the league and the excitement behind it. That’s just my thoughts though.

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