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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-15, 2019

MLS suffered its worst week on national television this season as last Sunday’s meeting between Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls was watched by just 90,000 people on FS1. Overall the three nationally broadcast matches across FS1, ESPN2, Univision and Univision Deportes averaged just 149,000 viewers, down significantly from the 258,176-average audience for MLS matches prior to this weekend.

Liga MX dominated the American soccer airwaves again last weekend with two matches drawing audiences of at least 1.1 million. Club América’s 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul was the week’s most-watched match while Chivas de Guadalajara’s 1-0 defeat to Monarcas Morelia came in a close second.

The Premier League returned to NBC for the first time in over a month on Saturday for a matchup between Manchester United and West Ham. An average audience of 905,000 watched the match making it the fourth most-watched soccer match on English-language television so far this year. NBC is averaging 958,429 viewers through their first seven Premier League broadcasts of 2019.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
14/14Liga MX ClausuraAmérica / Cruz AzulUniMás: 12000001,200,000
24/13Liga MX ClausuraMorelia / ChivasUnivision: 11000001,100,000
34/13Premier LeagueMan Utd / West HamNBC: 905000 / Unvso: 57000962,000
44/10UCL Quarter-FinalMan Utd / BarcelonaTNT: 392000 / UniMás: 485000877,000
54/14Premier LeagueLiverpool / ChelseaNBCSN: 555000 / Telemundo: 272000827,000
64/14Liga MX ClausuraPumas / TijuanaUnivision: 504000504,000
74/14Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / Man CityNBCSN: 336000 / Unvso: 68000404,000
84/13Liga MX ClausuraPachuca / VeracruzUDN: 321000321,000
94/11UEL Quarter-FinalArsenal / NapoliUDN: 279000279,000
104/12Liga MX ClausuraPuebla / LeónUDN: 251000251,000
114/14Liga MX ClausuraLobos / TigresUDN: 244000244,000
124/10CCL Semi-FinalSantos / TigresUDN: 240000240,000
134/13MLSHouston / San JoseUnivision: 238000238,000
144/13Premier LeagueBurnley / CardiffNBCSN: 218000218,000
154/13Premier LeagueSpurs / HuddersfieldNBCSN: 181000 / Unvso: 15000196,000
164/14Liga MX ClausuraMonterrey / SantosFOXD: 194000194,000
174/15Premier LeagueWatford / ArsenalNBCSN: 184000184,000
184/13Liga MX ClausuraQuerétaro / TolucaUDN: 169000169,000
194/11UEL Quarter-FinalVillarreal / ValenciaUniMás: 122000122,000
204/13MLSMinnesota United / New York City FCESPN2: 119000119,000
214/13Premier LeagueSouthampton / WolvesCNBC: 78000 / Unvso: 38000116,000
224/10UCL Quarter-FinalJuventus / AjaxGalavision: 112000112,000
234/14BundesligaDüsseldorf / BayernUDN: 101000101,000
244/12Premier LeagueLeicester City / NewcastleNBCSN: 9900099,000
254/12Liga MX ClausuraAtlas / NecaxaGalavision: 9600096,000
264/14MLSSporting KC / New York Red BullsFS1: 9000090,000
274/11UEL Quarter-FinalSlavia Praha / ChelseaGalavision: 6600066,000
284/11CCL Semi-FinalSporting KC / MonterreyUDN: 2900029,000
294/12BundesligaNürnberg / SchalkeUDN: 2500025,000
304/13BundesligaRB Leipzig / WolfsburgUDN: 2300023,000
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  1. Erik

    April 21, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    The Copa MX Final drew 623k on UDN. The ESPN Deportes numbers were not reported.

    http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-150-wednesday-cable-originals-network-finals-4-10-2019.html

  2. Tech Bro

    April 21, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Otra vez, Univision Deportes has beaten Turner Sports head-to-head.

    Unimas & UDN drew 485K for 1st leg of Man Utd vs Barcelona compared to 392K on TNT.

    Turner’s gambles with Steve Nash (as a non-conventional pundit) and Fernando Perez (as a “fan culture” reporter) are NOT working.

    Not to mention that Turner’s low-ceiling rental TV studio set in Burbank, CA (which was once occupied by PBS station KCET-TV 28) looks cheap compared to Univision’s high-ceiling set.

  3. Dn10

    April 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

    The MLS ratings are really bad. What r/soccer doesn’t understand is that the EPL ratings are good for 10 am on a Saturday when nobody watches tv and while half the country is still asleep.

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