Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 30-May 6, 2019

Univision’s telecast of the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Liverpool ranked as the most-watched UCL semifinal match ever on any network in the United States with an average audience of 763,000 on Univision’s networks. TNT contributed an additional 635,000 viewers to bring the total up to 1.398 million viewers. Overall, the match ranks as the third most-viewed club soccer match on American television this year behind March’s meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United (1.611 million) and Club América vs. Chivas de Guadalajara (1.5 million).

The Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 victory over FC Dallas in the Texas Derby last Saturday was watched by 345,000 people on Univision and Univision Deportes, giving Univision its largest audience for an MLS match since opening day. Through nine broadcasts in 2019, MLS is averaging 273,667 viewers on Univision’s networks. ESPN improved their average audience slightly to 256,700 viewers while FS1 saw another drop down to 153,900 viewers per match.

The Liga MX Clausura reached its conclusion last weekend with Tigres and Chivas winning the most viewers at 865,000. The 47 Liga MX matches broadcast on Univision’s flagship network averaged 801,130 viewers, down 10% from nearly 900,000 on average in 2018’s Clausura. Matches broadcast exclusively on Univision’s cable network Univision Deportes Network saw an even steeper drop going from 328,089 in 2018 to 224,901 in 2019, a drop of 31.45%.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
15/1UCL Semi-FinalBarcelona / LiverpoolTNT: 635000 / Univision: 7630001,398,000
24/30UCL Semi-FinalSpurs / AjaxTNT: 418000 / Univision: 5970001,015,000
35/1CCL FinalMonterrey / TigresUniMás: 932000932,000
45/4Liga MX ClausuraTigres / ChivasUnivision: 865000865,000
55/4Premier LeagueCardiff / Crystal PalaceNBC: 764000764,000
65/3Liga MX ClausuraVeracruz / Club AméricaUniMás: 567000567,000
75/4Premier LeagueNewcastle / LiverpoolNBCSN: 538000538,000
85/5Premier LeagueArsenal / BrightonNBCSN: 465000465,000
95/5Liga MX ClausuraToluca / LobosUnivision: 406000406,000
105/4Premier LeagueWolves / FulhamNBCSN: 384000384,000
115/5Premier LeagueHuddersfield / Man UtdNBCSN: 370000370,000
125/4MLSHouston Dynamo / FC DallasUnivision: 345000345,000
135/6Premier LeagueMan City / Leicester CityNBCSN: 295000295,000
145/4MLSNew York Red Bulls / Los Angeles GalaxyESPN: 260000260,000
155/4Liga MX ClausuraCruz Azul / MoreliaUDN: 243000243,000
165/4Premier LeagueBournemouth / SpursNBCSN: 228000228,000
175/5Liga MX ClausuraSantos / PumasUDN: 176000176,000
185/2UEL Semi-FinalArsenal / ValenciaUniMás: 163000163,000
195/3Premier LeagueEverton / BurnleyNBCSN: 147000147,000
205/4Liga MX ClausuraTijuana / Puebla FOXD: 147000147,000
215/5MLSSporting KC / Atlanta UnitedFS1: 144000144,000
225/5Liga MX ClausuraAtlas / MonterreyUDN: 141000141,000
235/4Liga MX ClausuraNecaxa / QuerétaroUDN: 131000131,000
245/5Premier LeagueChelsea / WatfordCNBC: 115000115,000
255/4BundesligaBremen / Dortmund UDN: 114000114,000
265/2UEL Semi-FinalFrankfurt / ChelseaUDN: 9600096,000
275/4Liga MX ClausuraLeón / PachucaGala: 4800048,000
285/3BundesligaMainz / Leipzig UDN: 1400014,000
295/4BundesligaMönchengladbach / Hoffenheim UDN: 1400014,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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