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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 18-24, 2019

The first legs of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 games last week averaged 822,750 viewers across all networks. Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts accounted for 54% of the viewership with 443,000 average viewers, while TNT’s English-language broadcasts averaged 379,750 viewers. First leg viewership peaked on Tuesday with 510,000 viewers watching Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich on TNT and Galavision. At the same time, an additional 376,000 watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast of Barcelona’s match against Olympique Lyonnais on UniMás and Univision Deportes.

Closer to home, Univision Deportes Network averaged just 162,250 viewers for their four CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 broadcasts last week, down over 40% from 277,250 in 2018. A large portion of the drop can be attributed to the lack of Mexico’s two largest clubs (Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara, which both featured on broadcast last season).

Leicester City’s 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday afternoon delivered NBC’s sixth least-watched Premier League broadcast of the 2018-19 season. Premier League broadcasts on NBC are averaging 846,476 viewers, down slightly from 863,348 viewers through the same point last season.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
12/23Liga MX ClausuraPachuca / Chivas Univision: 10380001,038,000
22/24Premier LeagueMan Utd / LiverpoolNBCSN: 718000; Telemundo: 228000946,000
32/23Liga MX ClausuraClub América / Lobos Univision: 841000841,000
42/20Champions LeagueAtletico Madrid / JuventusTNT: 381000 / UniMás: 413000794,000
52/23Premier LeagueLeicester City / Crystal PalaceNBC: 717000717,000
62/19Champions LeagueLiverpool / BayernTNT: 414000 / Gala: 96000510,000
72/24Liga MX ClausuraPumas / León Univision: 452000452,000
82/19Champions LeagueLyonnais / Barcelona UniMás: 376000376,000
92/22Liga MX ClausuraVeracruz / Cruz Azul UDN: 355000355,000
102/23Premier LeagueNewcastle / HuddersfieldNBCSN: 353000353,000
112/23Premier LeagueBurnley / SpursNBCSN: 309000; Universo: 26000335,000
122/24Liga MX ClausuraSantos / Toluca UDN: 238000238,000
132/20CCL RO16Alianza / Monterrey UDN: 230000230,000
142/19CCL RO16Saprissa / Tigres UDN: 191000191,000
152/22Premier LeagueWest Ham / FulhamNBCSN: 132000; Universo: 18000150,000
162/23Liga MX ClausuraQuerétaro / Morelia UDN: 139000139,000
172/24BundesligaDortmund / Leverkusen UDN: 123000123,000
182/21CCL RO16Sporting Kansas City / Toluca UDN: 122000122,000
192/21CCL RO16Herediano / Atlanta United UDN: 106000106,000
202/18BundesligaNürnberg / DortmundFS1: 102000102,000
212/21Europa LeagueReal Betis / Rennes UDN: 9600096,000
222/21Europa LeagueChelsea / Malmö UniMás: 8900089,000
232/20Champions LeagueSchalke / Man City Gala: 8400084,000
242/20Europa LeagueSevilla / Lazio UDN: 5900059,000
252/21Europa LeagueVillarreal / Sporting CP UniMás: 5100051,000
262/21Europa LeagueValencia / Celtic UDN: 3800038,000
272/21Premier LeagueBournemouth / Wolves Universo: 3700037,000
282/21Europa LeagueArsenal / BATE Gala: 3500035,000
292/22BundesligaBremen / Stuttgart UDN: 2900029,000
302/23BundesligaMönchengladbach / Wolfsburg UDN: 2000020,000

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

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. carlos

    March 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Where are la liga ratings?

  2. josesa

    March 4, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    717.000 people watched Leicester City – Crystal Palace game on NBC! I’m wondering how many people would like to watch El Clasico on any US major TV network?

  3. David

    March 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Aren’t these TV ratings somewhat skewed when they omit B/R Live, ESPN+ and NBC Gold. As these can all be watched on a TV with Apple TV or an equivalent, surely to be meaningful they should all be included.

    • Christopher Harris

      March 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Those viewing numbers are miniscule in comparison, which is why those three broadcasters don’t make them publicly available. In the next few years, those viewing numbers should grow to something worth reporting.

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