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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 20-April 1, 2019

Mexico’s 4-2 recent friendly over Paraguay at Levi’s Stadium averaged 1.7 million viewers on UniMás and Univision Deportes Network, making it the most-watched soccer match on television so far in 2019. Mexico’s match against Chile just four days earlier ranks as the third most-watched this year with 1.6 million viewers. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United earlier this month now stands as the second most-watched match of the year on television.

Last Sunday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Spurs averaged 743,000 viewers on NBCSN, with an additional 63,000 watching via streaming for a total audience delivery of 806,000 viewers, the fifth best for a Premier League matches on NBCSN this season.

Univision’s coverage of last Saturday’s MLS game between the San Jose Earthquakes and LAFC delivered Univision’s highest numbers for MLS since the opening weekend. However, average viewership is still down 4.3% from March of 2018. MLS’s woes on FOX Sports 1 continued last week with Sunday’s broadcast drawing only 130,000 viewers to the network, the smallest audience for a nationally broadcast MLS match so far this season.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
13/26Int’l FriendlyMexico / Paraguay UniMás: 17000001,700,000
23/22Int’l FriendlyMexico / Chile UniMás: 16000001,600,000
33/26Int’l FriendlyUSMNT / ChileESPN2: 552000 / UniMás: 7140001,266,000
43/30Liga MX ClausuraClub América / Tigres Univision: 12000001,200,000
53/31Premier LeagueLiverpool / SpursNBCSN: 743000 / Telemundo: 3000001,043,000
63/21Int’l FriendlyUSMNT / EcuadorESPN2: 419000 / UDN: 411000830,000
73/31Liga MX ClausuraPumas / Chivas Univision: 718000718,000
83/30Premier LeagueMan Utd / WatfordNBCSN: 493000 / Unvso: 85000578,000
93/31Premier LeagueCardiff / ChelseaNBCSN: 363000 / Unvso: 65000428,000
103/23UEFA Euro QualifyingSpain / Norway UniMás: 348000348,000
113/30MLSSJ Earthquakes / Los Angeles FC Univision: 339000339,000
123/30Premier LeagueFulham / Man CityNBCSN: 287000 / Unvso: 35000322,000
133/30Premier LeagueWest Ham / EvertonNBCSN: 251000 / Unvso: 56000307,000
143/30Liga MX ClausuraMonterrey / Cruz Azul FOXD: 306000306,000
153/29Liga MX ClausuraMorelia / León UDN: 284000284,000
163/29Liga MX ClausuraAtlas / Santos UDN: 245000245,000
173/30Liga MX ClausuraQuerétaro / Tijuana UDN: 230000230,000
183/23MLSFC Dallas / Colorado Rapids UniMás: 229000229,000
194/1Premier LeagueArsenal / NewcastleNBCSN: 220000220,000
203/31MLSLos Angeles Galaxy / Portland TimbersESPN2: 217000217,000
213/25UEFA Euro QualifyingFrance / Iceland UniMás: 207000207,000
223/24UEFA Euro QualifyingNetherlands / Germany UniMás: 184000184,000
233/23FriendlyAtlas / Club América UDN: 170000170,000
243/22UEFA Euro QualifyingPortugal / Ukraine UniMás: 168000168,000
253/24UEFA Euro QualifyingHungary / Croatia UDN: 156000156,000
263/30Liga MX ClausuraNecaxa / Veracruz UDN: 153000153,000
273/31MLSOrlando City SC / DC UnitedFS1: 130000130,000
283/31Liga MX ClausuraLobos / Puebla UDN: 128000128,000
293/26UEFA Euro QualifyingMalta / Spain UDN: 119000119,000
303/23UEFA Euro QualifyingSweden / Romania UDN: 107000107,000
313/20Int’l FriendlyGermany / Serbia UDN: 9200092,000
323/30BundesligaFreiburg / Bayern UDN: 9000090,000
333/21UEFA Euro QualifyingBelgium / Russia UDN: 7000070,000
343/25Liga MX FemenilToluca / Puebla UDN: 6300063,000
353/24UEFA Euro QualifyingWales / Slovakia UDN: 5200052,000
363/26UEFA Euro QualifyingArmenia / Finland UDN: 4100041,000
373/29BundesligaHoffenheim / Leverkusen UDN: 3900039,000
383/30Premier LeagueBrighton / SouthamptonCNBC: 3400034,000
393/23UEFA Euro QualifyingGeorgia / Switzerland UDN: 3200032,000
403/22UEFA Euro QualifyingBulgaria / Montenegro UDN: 2900029,000
413/25UEFA Euro QualifyingTurkey / Moldova UDN: 2100021,000
423/31BundesligaHannover / Schalke UDN: 1400014,000

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

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7 Comments

  1. Steve Graff

    April 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Any word on games on BeIN Sports networks?

    • Christopher Harris

      April 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      They’re unwilling to share the ratings data, and the games are generating small viewing numbers. The most recent one I saw was 146K for Barcelona-Atleti on beIN SPORTS on Saturday.

      • JP

        April 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

        Ouch! Does that 146k include beIN En Espanol too?

        • Christopher Harris

          April 9, 2019 at 7:39 pm

          No, just the English channel. The numbers for the Spanish channel are usually 2x to 3x than the English channel.

  2. Edwin

    April 9, 2019 at 10:31 am

    MLS game on FOX only had 341k honestly not good anyway you cut it. Blow out didn’t help. Surprisingly the the Bundesliga game beat it and that never happens.

  3. Edwin

    April 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Brighton vs Southhampton 34k on CNBC Ouch

    • Christopher Harris

      April 8, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Everyone was watching the Premier League Fan Fest on NBCSN which had the Manchester United-Watford game.

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