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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 11-16, 2018

The conclusion to the 2018 Liga MX Apertura totaled 4.8 million viewers across both legs on Univision and Univision Deportes. The Gran Final saw Club América win their 13th league title, defeating Cruz Azul 2-0 on aggregate. Viewership was up 28% from the 2018 Clausura Final matches in May of this year and up a slim 50,000 viewers when compared to the 2017 Apertura Final.

Club América’s women’s side also lifted a trophy this past weekend after defeating Pumas on penalty kicks to win the Liga MX Femenil Apertura before an audience of 178,000 on Univision Deportes.

The Premier League on the NBC network saw its lowest viewership of the 2018/2019 season as West Ham defeated Fulham 2-0 with just 636,000 tuning in. On Sunday, however, NBCSN saw cable’s highest viewed Premier League match of the season with 819,000 watching what turned out to be Jose Mourinho’s final game as manager of Manchester United.

Univision and TNT have combined to deliver the most-watched UEFA Champion’s League Group Stage ever. Univision’s Spanish-language coverage has contributed the most to this feat with Univision’s networks averaging 421,391 viewers per match window. This number rises significantly to 665,000 when only considering the group stage’s 3pm ET kickoffs meaning that 73% of Champion’s League viewers are electing to watch in Spanish. Below you can find a list of this season’s ten most-viewed matches of the UEFA Champion’s League Group Stage.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
112/16Liga MX Apertura LiguillaCruz Azul / Club América Univision: 25000002,500,000
212/13Liga MX Apertura LiguillaClub América / Cruz Azul Univision: 23000002,300,000
312/16Premier LeagueLiverpool / Man UtdNBCSN: 819000 / Telemundo: 3310001,150,000
412/15Premier LeagueFulham / West HamNBC: 636000636,000
512/11UCL Group StageBarcelona / SpursTNT: 297000 / UniMás: 174000471,000
612/11UCL Group StageLiverpool / Napoli Univision: 426000426,000
712/15Premier LeagueSpurs / BurnleyNBCSN: 407000407,000
812/12UCL Group StageYoung Boys / Juventus Univision: 348000348,000
912/12UCL Group StageValencia / Man UtdTNT: 241000 / UniMás: 107000348,000
1012/16Premier LeagueBrighton / ChelseaNBCSN: 315000315,000
1112/15Premier LeagueMan City / EvertonNBCSN: 262000 / Unvso: 27000289,000
1212/12UCL Group StageReal Madrid / CSKA MoskvaTNT: 110000 / UniMás: 143000253,000
1312/11UCL Group StageGalatasaray / PortoTNT: 111000 / UniMás: 114000225,000
1412/15FIFA Club World CupKashima Antlers / Chivas Telemundo: 197000197,000
1512/15Liga MX Feminil FinalTigres / Club América UDN: 178000178,000
1612/15BundesligaHannover / Bayern UDN: 9800098,000
1712/13UEL Group StageOlympiakos Piraeus / Milan UniMás: 5900059,000
1812/13UEL Group StageArsenal / Qarabag UDN: 5200052,000
1912/11UCL Group StageCrvena Zvezda / PSG Galavision: 3600036,000
2012/13UEL Group StageVideoton / Chelsea UniMás: 3500035,000
2112/11UCL Group StageSchalke 04 / Lokomotiv Moskva Galavision: 2800028,000
2212/15FIFA Club World CupES Tunis / Al Ain Unvso: 2300023,000
2312/14BundesligaNürnberg / Wolfsburg UDN: 2100021,000
2412/16BundesligaRB Leipzig / Mainz UDN: 2100021,000
2512/13UEL Group StageF91 Dudelange / Real Betis Galavision: 2000020,000
2612/12UCL Group StageAjax / Bayern Galavision: 1600016,000
2712/13UEL Group StageAkhisar Belediyespor / Standard Liège UDN: 1600016,000
2812/13UEL Group StageVillarreal / Spartak Moskva Galavision: 1200012,000
2912/12FIFA Club World CupAl Ain / Team Wellington Unvso: 70007,000
3012/12UCL Group StageViktoria Plzen / Roma Galavision: 60006,000
DateLeagueTeamsNetworkViewers
9/18UCL Group StageLiverpool / PSGTNT: 330000 / Univision: 6720001,002,000
10/3UCL Group StageSpurs / BarcelonaTNT: 272000 / Univision: 662000934,000
10/23UCL Group StageMan Utd / JuventusTNT: 316000 / Univision: 531000847,000
11/7UCL Group StageJuventus / Man UtdTNT: 283000 / Univision: 527000810,000
10/24UCL Group StageBarcelona / InterTNT: 216000 / Univision: 561000777,000
9/19UCL Group StageReal Madrid / RomaTNT: 235000 / Univision: 491000726,000
11/27UCL Group StageRoma / Real MadridTNT: 198000 / Univision: 426000624,000
10/2UCL Group StageCSKA Moskva / Real MadridUnivision: 575000575,000
11/6UCL Group StageInter Milan / BarcelonaUnivision: 543000543,000
12/11UCL Group StageBarcelona / SpursTNT: 297000 / UniMás: 174000471,000

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

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Rick

    December 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    If NBC put more games on Sundays on the NBC network instead of NBCSN their ratings would be higher due to the channel having more viewers.

    Liverpool vs Man Utd may have got double the ratings- NBCSN is not available to all viewers.

  2. Man City MVP

    December 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Did any sports television own the rights to Copa Libertadores?

    • Christopher Harris

      December 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      FOX Sports did.

  3. Man City MVP

    December 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Can you check the ratings for Deportivo Saprissa vs. Club Sport Herediano ( Costa Rica Liguilla Final(League Final)? It was on CentroAmerica TV and another channel.

    • Christopher Harris

      December 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      We don’t have viewership numbers for games shown on CentroAmerica TV, sorry.

  4. JP

    December 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

    There should be an effort made to create meetups for some of the people who watched the matches with <50,000 viewers. Probably become lifelong friends.

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