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Most-watched soccer games for February 26 to March 4, 2019

MLS’s opening weekend viewership dropped 7% compared to last season with last weekend’s five nationally broadcast games collectively averaging just 296,600 viewers, down from 318,250 for four national broadcasts to open the 2018 season.

Univision saw the largest drop in viewership, with their first MLS broadcast of 2019 down over 24% from 2018. With the increase of four to five nationally-televised games, total viewership for the opening weekend saw a 16.5% increase helped by the addition of another broadcast on ESPN Sunday night.

A disappointing SheBelieves Cup for the United States Women’s National Team on the field was still a ratings success for FOX with Saturday’s match against England drawing 758,000 viewers. The United States’ three matches in the tournament averaged 439,667 viewers on FOX and FS1, up 28% from 343,333 for the 2018 edition of the tournament that saw broadcasts split between ESPN2 and FS1.

NBCSN’s Saturday morning kickoff between Manchester United and Southampton was the most-watched Saturday Premier League match on NBCSN in 12 months, averaging 591,000 viewers. Sunday’s Merseyside Derby drew 992,000 viewers to NBCSN and Telemundo, making it the most-watched Premier League match on cable this season that does not feature a club from Manchester.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
13/2Liga MX ClausuraChivas / MonterreyUnivision: 10510001,051,000
23/3Premier LeagueEverton / LiverpoolNBCSN: 730000 / Telemundo: 262000992,000
33/2SheBelieves CupUSWNT / EnglandFOX: 758000758,000
43/2Premier LeagueMan Utd / SouthamptonNBCSN: 591000 / Unvso: 84000675,000
53/3Liga MX ClausuraToluca / VeracruzUnivision: 537000537,000
63/2Premier LeagueWest Ham / NewcastleNBCSN: 419000 / Unvso: 80000499,000
73/3Premier LeagueFulham / ChelseaNBCSN: 447000 / Unvso: 47000494,000
83/2Premier LeagueSpurs / ArsenalNBCSN: 417000 / Unvso: 63000480,000
93/1Liga MX ClausuraMorelia / Club AméricaUDN: 453000453,000
103/3MLSDC United / Atlanta UnitedESPN: 394000394,000
113/3MLSLos Angeles FC / Sporting KCESPN: 361000361,000
123/2MLSOrlando City SC / New York City FCUnivision: 355000355,000
132/27Premier LeagueChelsea / SpursNBCSN: 281000 / Unvso: 34000315,000
142/27SheBelieves CupUSWNT / JapanFS1: 283000283,000
153/2Liga MX ClausuraCruz Azul / NecaxaUDN: 281000281,000
163/3Liga MX ClausuraLobos / PumasUDN: 257000257,000
173/2La LigaReal Madrid / BarcelonabeIN: 236000236,000
183/2MLSSeattle Sounders / FC CincinnatiFS1: 199000199,000
193/2MLSLos Angeles Galaxy / Chicago FireFS1: 174000174,000
202/28CCL RO16Toluca / Sporting KCUDN: 166000166,000
213/3Premier LeagueWatford / Leicester CityNBCSN: 164000164,000
223/4Liga MX ClausuraPuebla / QuerétaroUDN: 147000147,000
232/26Premier LeagueNewcastle / BurnleyNBCSN: 142000142,000
242/28CCL RO16Atlanta United / HeredianoUDN: 110000110,000
253/1BundesligaAugsburg / DortmundUDN: 101000101,000
263/2Liga MX ClausuraLeón / SantosUDN: 3800038,000
273/3BundesligaStuttgart / HannoverUDN: 2500025,000
283/1Liga MX FemenilCruz Azul / LobosUDN: 1700017,000
293/2BundesligaSchalke / DüsseldorfUDN: 1400014,000

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

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