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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 5-18, 2019

It was another disappointing couple of weeks for FOX Sports 1’s MLS coverage as they are averaging just 182,400 viewers through their first five broadcasts of the season despite frequently featuring some of the league’s most popular teams in each of their broadcasts this season. Overall, MLS has seen a 27% decrease in viewership to start 2019, going from 359,571 average viewers through the first three weeks of the new season in 2018 to just 263,091 average viewers in 2019.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday, March 10 averaged 1.68 million viewers across all platforms to rank as the second most-watched Premier League match in history on American television. The match saw approximately 7% of its audience watch via NBC Sports.com or the NBC Sports app. The match was far and away the Premier League’s most-watched match on television this season with a quarter of a million viewers separating it from the next most-watched game (Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea back in January).

Last Wednesday’s Copa MX quarterfinal meeting between Mexican giants Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara delivered 2019’s highest-rated soccer match on cable as 867,000 tuned in to the Univision Deportes Network for the telecast. Three days later on Saturday, the clubs met in the league to deliver the highest-rated soccer match across any network in 2019, averaging 1.5 million viewers on Univision.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
13/10Premier LeagueArsenal / Man UtdNBC: 1280000 / Telemundo: 3310001,611,000
23/16Liga MX ClausuraChivas / Club América Univision: 15000001,500,000
33/12UEFA Champions League RO16Juventus / Atletico MadridTNT: 408000 / UniMás: 525000933,000
43/9Liga MX ClausuraQuerétaro / Chivas Univision: 928000928,000
53/9Premier LeagueMan City / WatfordNBC: 818000 / Unvso: 62000880,000
63/13Copa MXClub América / Chivas UDN: 867000867,000
73/6UEFA Champions League RO16PSG / Man UtdTNT: 413000 / UniMás: 334000747,000
83/9Liga MX ClausuraClub América / Puebla Univision: 743000743,000
93/17Premier LeagueEverton / ChelseaNBCSN: 479000 / Telemundo: 218000697,000
103/16Liga MX ClausuraCruz Azul / Pachuca Univision: 694000694,000
113/5UEFA Champions League RO16Real Madrid / AjaxTNT: 291000 / UniMás: 393000684,000
123/10Premier LeagueChelsea / WolvesNBCSN: 459000 / Telemundo: 157000616,000
133/13UEFA Champions League RO16Barcelona / Lyonnais UniMás: 562000562,000
143/13UEFA Champions League RO16Bayern / LiverpoolTNT: 454000 / Gala: 94000548,000
153/17Premier LeagueFulham / LiverpoolNBCSN: 476000 / Unvso: 50000526,000
163/10Liga MX ClausuraPumas / Morelia Univision: 510000510,000
173/9Premier LeagueSouthampton / SpursNBCSN: 421000 / Unvso: 56000477,000
183/5Liga MX ClausuraClub América / Necaxa UDN: 422000422,000
193/17Liga MX ClausuraToluca / Atlas Univision: 397000397,000
203/8Liga MX ClausuraAtlas / Cruz Azul UDN: 369000369,000
213/10MLSAtlanta United / FC CincinnatiESPN: 354000354,000
223/16Premier LeagueBurnley / Leicester CityNBCSN: 325000325,000
233/10Premier LeagueLiverpool / BurnleyNBCSN: 298000 / Unvso: 24000322,000
243/16Liga MX ClausuraTigres / Querétaro Univision: 308000308,000
253/6CCL RO8Monterrey / Atlanta United UDN: 287000287,000
263/5SheBelieves CupUSWNT / BrazilFS1: 278000278,000
273/16MLSNew York Red Bulls / San Jose Earthquakes Univision: 274000274,000
283/9Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / BrightonNBCSN: 270000270,000
293/15Liga MX ClausuraPuebla / Pumas UDN: 257000257,000
303/9MLSFC Dallas / Los Angeles Galaxy Univision: 244000244,000
313/17Liga MX ClausuraSantos / Necaxa UDN: 232000232,000
323/17Liga MX ClausuraClub León / Veracruz UDN: 232000232,000
333/10MLSLos Angeles FC / Portland TimbersFS1: 221000221,000
343/15Liga MX ClausuraMorelia / Lobos UDN: 203000203,000
353/8Liga MX ClausuraVeracruz / Santos UDN: 179000179,000
363/17MLSCincinnati / Portland TimbersFS1: 178000178,000
373/5CCL RO8New York Red Bulls / Santos UDN: 173000173,000
383/10Liga MX ClausuraLobos / León UDN: 171000171,000
393/9Liga MX ClausuraPachuca / Tijuana UDN: 145000145,000
403/17MLSNew York City FC / Los Angeles FCFS1: 140000140,000
413/9BundesligaBayern / Wolfsburg UDN: 118000118,000
423/17BundesligaBayern / Mainz UDN: 116000116,000
433/14Europa League RO16Inter Milan / Frankfurt UniMás: 108000108,000
443/7Europa League RO16Chelsea / Dynamo Kyiv UniMás: 9600096,000
453/14Europa League RO16Dynamo Kyiv / Chelsea UniMás: 9200092,000
463/6CCL RO8Independiente / Sporting KC UDN: 8800088,000
473/14Europa League RO16Arsenal / Rennes Gala: 7200072,000
483/6UEFA Champions League RO16FC Porto / Roma Gala: 7000070,000
493/5UEFA Champions League RO16Dortmund / Spurs Gala: 6800068,000
503/7Europa League RO16Frankfurt / Inter Milan UniMás: 6100061,000
513/18Liga MX FemenilTigres / Santos UDN: 6100061,000
523/7Europa League RO16Valenca / Krasnodar UDN: 5000050,000
533/14Europa League RO16Slavia Praha / Sevilla UDN: 4900049,000
543/9BundesligaMainz / Mönchengladbach UDN: 4500045,000
553/16Premier LeagueWest Ham / Huddersfield Unvso: 4300043,000
563/12UEFA Champions League RO16Man City / Schalke Gala: 4200042,000
573/7Europa League RO16Rennes / Arsenal Gala: 3400034,000
583/14Europa League RO16Krasnodar / Valencia UDN: 3000030,000
593/16BundesligaSchalke / RB Leipzig UDN: 2800028,000
603/7Europa League RO16Sevilla / Slavia Praha UDN: 2300023,000
613/7Europa League RO16Napoli / Salzburg Gala: 2200022,000
623/15BundesligaMönchengladbach / Freiburg UDN: 2100021,000
633/11BundesligaDüsseldorf / Frankufrt UDN: 50005,000
643/14Europa League RO16Salzburg / Napoli Gala: 40004,000

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

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Edwin

    April 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Hi Collin do you have the Univision numbers for the San Jose vs LAFC game?

    • Collin Werner

      April 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, I believe it should be up on the site later today.

  2. Todd Unger

    March 25, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I noticed this past weeks MLS game FC Dallas v Colorado was carried by both UniMas and UDN?
    Will you guys provide numbers for both?

    • Christopher Harris

      March 25, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      The viewing number listed is for UniMas and Univision combined.

    • Collin Werner

      March 26, 2019 at 12:30 am

      All numbers involving Univision and UniMás always include the Univision Deportes simulcast numbers.

  3. Stephen

    March 23, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Align the bloody season with the rest of the world – it’s impossible to follow otherwise. I can follow multiple teams from multiple European leagues because the seasons match.

    Football is an emotional game, highs and lows. The fun and misery of the transfer season for all my clubs at the same time,.the start of the season burst of energy, the mid season winter games and a chance to regroup, the spring countdown to the cup finals and league finishes and then ooops there goes MLS starting in March. I can take it not being as good as the Premier League, but I can’t dedicate enough time to follow it out of sync with the rest of my teams. That alone is the biggest complaint from me and a lot of my football friends.

    Now that the league is established you have to align it with the major sister leagues around the world – not to mention the idiocy of having the season play through the summer international tournaments.

    • Rover

      March 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      If you think MLS ratings are low now,try moving to a winter schedule to go up against NFL and college football. Plus there would be serious weather issues in places like Colorado,Utah Toronto, Montreal etc.

      • Edwin

        March 25, 2019 at 12:17 pm

        Yawn…… not worried we hear these headlines every season but MLS has posted TV ratings gain in 6 consecutive years going back to 2012. It’s too small a sample size to jump the gun, as past seasons have PROVED.

        If by chance if MLS actually does post a ratings lost its not a big deal it just means its normal and not immune to the ratings lost that other leagues have shown.
        People like to be worry Monkeys and concern trolls. These same people have been no where to be found in the past at the end of the year when MLS has posted another TV ratings gain except to tell us its no big deal while trying to downplay why they were wrong.

        Maybe just maybe they’re right this time. But if they aren’t I’d like to see a article no not just one article several articles going the equal way in the other side to balance things out.

        Oh BTW Rover MLS has changed it schedule it will be over before Winter even officially starts. They did this to avoid exactly what you mentioned. As in past year ratings would’ve been higher but the NFL season more so that college football completely killed momentum.

    • F⚽⚽tball rules the W⚽rld

      March 27, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      Stephen, all the reasons you provided sound like a bunch of excuses than anything else. Get on board with all the differences football has to deal with be the world, but don’t become an emotional dive with your excuses 😛

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