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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 27-December 2, 2018

The fifth round of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage saw a 20% drop in viewership from the previous round, averaging just 489,750 viewers per match window on TNT and the networks of Univision. Matches in the 3-5 PM ET window dropped 22% from 948,000 viewers in Round 4 to 743,500 in Round 5. Overall, the UEFA Champions League Group Stage is averaging 919,000 viewers in the 3-5 PM ET window through the first five Rounds in 2018.

Impressively, though, the Champions League game featuring Paris-Saint Germain against Liverpool averaged 450,000 viewers on Spanish-language television, which will help promote PSG and Liverpool to Spanish-speakers and bilinguals in the United States.

Viewership for the opening round of the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla is also down significantly, seeing a 28% drop from the 2017 Apertura Liguilla. In the 2017 edition, two matches saw viewership larger than one million with Club América’s second leg match against Cruz Azul drawing over two million viewers. This year, only Santos Laguna’s second leg match against Monterrey managed to draw more than one million viewers.

In the US domestic league, viewership for the MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships also saw an 8% dip from the 2017 Conference Championships. Viewership for the Western Conference Final was down almost 10% dropping from 326,000 average viewers in 2017 to 295,000 average viewers in 2018. The Eastern Conference Final faired slightly better, down just 7% and 21,000 viewers from the 2017 edition.


112/1Liga MX Apertura LiguillaSantos / MonterreyUnivision: 11000001,100,000
212/1Liga MX Apertura LiguillaCruz Azul / QuerétaroUnivision: 981000981,000
312/1Premier LeagueSouthampton / Man UtdNBC: 863000 / Universo: 37000900,000
412/2Premier LeagueLiverpool / EvertonNBCSN: 553000 / Telemundo: 268000821,000
511/29Liga MX Apertura LiguillaToluca / Club América UDN: 796000796,000
612/2Liga MX Apertura LiguillaClub América / Toluca Univision: 796000796,000
711/29Liga MX Apertura LiguillaTigres / Pumas UDN: 677000677,000
812/2Premier LeagueArsenal / SpursNBCSN: 483000 / Telemundo: 164000647,000
911/27UEFA Champions LeagueRoma / Real MadridTNT: 198000 / Univision: 426000624,000
1011/28UEFA Champions LeaguePSG / Liverpool Univision: 450000450,000
1111/28Liga MX Apertura LiguillaQuerétaro / Cruz Azul UDN: 444000444,000
1211/28Liga MX Apertura LiguillaMonterrey / Santos FOXD: 435000435,000
1311/29MLS Western ChampionshipSporting Kansas City / Portland TimbersESPN: 353000353,000
1412/1Premier LeagueMan City / BournemouthNBCSN: 329000 / Universo: 22000351,000
1512/2Liga MX Apertura LiguillaPumas / Tigres Univision: 316000316,000
1611/29MLS Eastern ChampionshipNew York Red Bulls / Atlanta UnitedFS1: 266000266,000
1711/28UEFA Champions LeagueAtletico Madrid / MonacoTNT: 121000 / UniMás: 124000245,000
1811/28UEFA Champions LeagueSpurs / Inter MilanTNT: 215000215,000
1912/2Premier LeagueChelsea / FulhamNBCSN: 186000 / Universo206,000
2011/27UEFA Champions LeagueAEK Athens / AjaxTNT: 122000 / UniMás: 67000189,000
2111/27UEFA Champions LeagueJuventus / Valencia UniMás: 140000140,000
2211/29UEFA Europa LeagueStandard Liège / Sevilla UniMás: 7000070,000
2311/27UEFA Champions LeagueLyonnais / Man City Gala: 5800058,000
2411/29UEFA Europa LeagueMilan / Dudelange UDN: 4400044,000
2512/1BundesligaDortmund / Freiburg UDN: 3900039,000
2612/1BundesligaHoffenheim / Schalke UDN: 3200032,000
2711/27UEFA Champions LeagueCSKA Moskva / Viktoria Plzen Gala: 3000030,000
2812/2BundesligaRB Leipzig / Mönchengladbach UDN: 2300023,000
2911/29UEFA Europa LeagueAstana / Dynamo Kyiv UDN: 1800018,000
3011/29UEFA Europa LeagueRangers / Villarreal Gala: 1800018,000
3111/29UEFA Europa LeagueVorskla / Arsenal Gala: 1200012,000
3211/28UEFA Champions LeagueLokomotiv Moskva / Galatasaray Gala: 80008,000

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

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  1. JP

    December 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Shocked Arsenal/Spurs only drew 483k. I’m not even a big PL fan but that is one of the handful of matchups a year I’ll watch, much like Chelsea/Man City tomorrow. Southampton vs Man U gets almost double! Sure it was on network NBC instead of NBCSN, but come on, that disparity is too high. Given that and the high Liga MX numbers every week, seems like the totals have more to do matches being on over the air TV instead of cable, not the actual attractiveness of a match.

    La Liga could move to Univision when the contract with beIN expires and instantly become the most watched soccer league in the USA.

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