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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 2-8, 2019

Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich-Dortmund broadcast on the over-the-air FOX network averaged 470,000 viewers last Saturday afternoon, up 33% from last year’s match, which also aired on FOX. It was FOX’s most-watched live television broadcast of a Bundesliga match since their current broadcast agreement began in 2015. An additional 105,000 viewers tuned into FOX Deportes’ Spanish-language broadcast of the match.

Also on FOX and airing immediately after the conclusion of Bayern-Borussia Dortmund, DC United and Los Angeles FC played before a network television audience of 341,000. This was a 40% drop in viewership compared to last season’s MLS portion of FOX’s Bundesliga/MLS doubleheader which averaged 565,000 viewers on FOX. Over on ESPN, FC Cincinnati and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw that produced a 22,000-viewer improvement over last week’s ESPN2 broadcast. MLS’ first 12 English-language broadcasts of the 2019 season are averaging 245,667 viewers.

So far this season, the viewing average for MLS games on the following broadcast channels is as follows:

• ESPN: 313,500
• FOX Sports: 288,200
• Univision Deportes: 258,176

FOX Deportes saw its second largest audience for a Liga MX match this year for its Saturday evening broadcast as 331,000 tuned in to see Club Tijuana defeat Club América. The most-viewed Liga MX match on FOX Deportes in 2019 also featured Club América, then taking on CF Monterrey to an US audience of 370,000.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsTV1Total
14/6Liga MX ClausuraTigres / Pumas Univision: 977000977,000
24/6Liga MX ClausuraChivas / Lobos Univision: 892000892,000
34/6BundesligaBayern / DortmundFOX: 470000 / FOXD: 105000575,000
44/7Premier LeagueEverton / ArsenalNBCSN: 381000, Telemundo: 158000539,000
54/7Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / BelgiumESPN2: 439000439,000
64/6Premier LeagueNewcastle / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 325000, Universo: 33000358,000
74/6MLSDC United / Los Angeles FCFOX: 341000341,000
84/6Liga MX ClausuraTijuana / Club América FOXD: 331000331,000
94/4CCL Semi-FinalMonterrey / Sporting Kansas City UDN: 298000298,000
104/5Liga MX ClausuraPuebla / Morelia UDN: 296000296,000
114/6Liga MX ClausuraCruz Azul / Querétaro UDN: 294000294,000
124/3CCL Semi-FinalTigres / Santos UDN: 263000263,000
134/5Premier LeagueSouthampton / LiverpoolNBCSN: 231000, Universo: 26000257,000
144/8Premier LeagueChelsea / West HamNBCSN: 220000, Universo: 22000242,000
154/7MLSFC Cincinnati / Sporting KCESPN: 239000239,000
164/2Premier LeagueWolves / Man UtdNBCSN: 211000211,000
174/7Liga MX ClausuraSantos / Pachuca UDN: 209000209,000
184/4Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / AustraliaFS1: 205000205,000
194/5Liga MX ClausuraVeracruz / Atlas UDN: 190000190,000
204/3Premier LeagueSpurs / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 181000181,000
214/3LaLigaBarcelona / AtletibeIN SPORTS: 146000146,000
224/8Liga MX FemenilToluca / Pumas UDN: 8000080,000
234/5BundesligaMainz / Freiburg UDN: 3200032,000
244/6BundesligaSchalke / Frankfurt UDN: 2500025,000
254/6Liga MX FemenilClub América / Veracruz UDN: 2200022,000
264/7BundesligaAugsburg / Hoffenheim UDN: 1100011,000

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

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