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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 18-30, 2018

Real Madrid lifted their fourth FIFA Club World Cup trophy this December, making them the most successful club in the tournament’s history. The 8-match tournament averaged 129,125 viewers on Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Universo. Viewership peaked at 316,000 for the final between European champions Real Madrid and Al-Ain who represented the host nation United Arab Emirates as victors of the UAE Pro-League. Viewership was down 28% from Telemundo’s first Club World Cup Final broadcast in 2017 that saw Real Madrid defeat South American champions Grêmio.

NBCSN’s Premier League Matches on December 26 delivered the most-watched non-weekend/holiday observed viewership for Boxing Day since 2013, posting an audience average of 385,000 viewers, up 6% from 2017. NBCSN’s largest Boxing Day audience came with the 10AM kickoff between top of the league Liverpool and struggling Newcastle United averaging 480,000 viewers on NBCSN with an additional 55,000 watching in Spanish on Universo.

Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Sampdoria early on the morning of December 29 delivered 77,000 viewers on ESPN2, the first viewership number we’ve been able to see for Serie A since Juventus defeated Inter Milan before 105,000 on December 7.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
112/29Premier LeagueLiverpool / ArsenalNBC: 935000 / Unvso: 1160001,051,000
212/22Premier LeagueCardiff / Man UtdNBC: 964000 / Unvso: 29000993,000
312/30Premier LeagueMan Utd / BournemouthNBCSN: 563000 / Telemundo: 259000822,000
412/26Premier LeagueLiverpool / NewcastleNBCSN: 480000 / Unvso: 55000535,000
512/22Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / Man CityNBCSN: 473000473,000
612/29Premier LeagueSpurs / WolvesNBCSN: 465000465,000
712/26Premier LeagueBrighton / ArsenalNBCSN: 440000440,000
812/30Premier LeagueSouthampton / Man CityNBCSN: 361000 / Unvso: 68000429,000
912/23Premier LeagueEverton / SpursNBCSN: 409000409,000
1012/26Premier LeagueWatford / ChelseaNBCSN: 409000409,000
1112/22FIFA Club World CupReal Madrid / Al Ain Telemundo: 316000316,000
1212/21Premier LeagueWolves / LiverpoolNBCSN: 222000 / Unvso: 23000245,000
1312/19FIFA Club World CupKashima Antlers / Real Madrid Telemundo: 237000237,000
1412/22Premier LeagueArsenal / BurnleyNBCSN: 237000237,000
1512/18FIFA Club World CupES Tunis / Chivas Unvso: 185000185,000
1612/22Premier LeagueChelsea / LeicesterCNBC: 153000153,000
1712/30Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / ChelseaNBCSN: 139000139,000
1812/19BundesligaBayern / LeipzigFS1: 108000 / UDN: 28000136,000
1912/21BundesligaDortmund / MönchengladbachFS1: 81000 / UDN: 26000107,000
2012/26Premier LeagueFulham / WolvesNBCSN: 101000101,000
2112/18BundesligaDüsseldorf / DortmundFS1: 8500085,000
2212/29FriendlyClub América / Santos UDN: 8500085,000
2312/29Serie AJuventus / SampdoriaESPN2: 7700077,000
2412/22FIFA Club World CupKashima Antlers / River Plate Unvso: 3600036,000
2512/18FIFA Club World CupRiver Plate / Al Ain Telemundo: 3200032,000
2612/19BundesligaSchalke / Leverkusen UDN: 2100021,000
2712/23BundesligaAugsburg / Wolfsburg UDN: 1800018,000
2812/22BundesligaLeverkusen / Hertha UDN: 1300013,000
2912/18BundesligaHertha / Augsburg UDN: 70007,000

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

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  1. ManCity Mvp

    January 9, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Fox needed to promote their Bundesliga games because of Bundesliga id now respected now, it used to be “BayernLiga”, now since Hertha Berlin, Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Monchengladbach and other teams pushing for the top 4. And also creates excitement when big teams such as Schalke or Bayern Leverkusen are struggling, But it does mean Fox needs to promote their Bundesliga games and Put some rivalry and big teams’ games on FOX and Fox Sports 1.

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