Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 15-26, 2019

It was another disappointing weekend for MLS yet again on television with Univision delivering their three least-watched MLS broadcasts of the season so far. Friday saw a double-header on UniMás featuring two of the leagues more popular clubs in Los Angeles Galaxy and Atlanta United with both matches failing to draw more than 200,000 viewers — averaging just 183,500 between them. Saturday afternoon saw just 214,000 viewers tune in to watch Chicago Fire take on New York City FC on Univision’s flagship over-the-air network. A FIFA U-20 World Cup match between Argentina and South Africa kicked off on Telemundo just one hour before Univision’s broadcast drawing a larger audience of 228,000.

The FIFA Under 20 World Cup began last week with Spanish language coverage averaging 165,125 viewers for the opening round of fixtures on Telemundo and Universo. Viewership peaked at noon on Sunday as Senegal defeated Colombia 2-0 in front of an American television audience of 404,000 viewers. The United States opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Ukraine watched by 154,000 people on FOX Sports 1 with an additional 67,000 on Universo. Telemundo’s four matches broadcast over the air last weekend averaged 284,500 viewers. Viewing numbers for FOX Sports were not available.

FOX’s fourth and final Bundesliga over-the-air broadcast of the season featured Bayern Munich defeating Eintracht Frankfurt to win their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title. The broadcast was watched by 413,000 viewers, bringing FOX over-the-air’s average Bundesliga audience for the 2018-19 season to 406,500.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
15/26Liga MX Clausura FinalClub León / Tigres Univision: 19000001,900,000
25/23Liga MX Clausura FinalTigres / Club León Univision: 18280001,828,000
35/16Liga MX Clausura LiguillaClub América / Club León Univision: 17000001,700,000
45/18Liga MX Clausura LiguillaTigres / Monterrey Univision: 13000001,300,000
55/19Liga MX Clausura LiguillaLeón / Club América Univision: 12000001,200,000
65/15Liga MX Clausura LiguillaMonterrey / Tigres FOXD: 587000587,000
75/18BundesligaBayern / FrankfurtFOX: 413000413,000
85/26FIFA U20 World CupSenegal U20 / Colombia U20 Telemundo: 404000404,000
95/18MLSSan Jose Earthquakes / Chicago Fire Univision: 345000345,000
105/26FIFA U20 World CupMexico U20 / Japan U20 Telemundo: 261000261,000
115/16Int’l Friendly (W)USWNT / New ZealandESPN2: 261000261,000
125/23FIFA U20 World CupMexico U20 / Italy U20 Telemundo: 245000245,000
135/25FIFA U20 World CupArgentina U20 / South Africa U20 Telemundo: 228000228,000
145/24FIFA U20 World CupUkraine U20 / USA U20FS1: 154000 / Unvso: 67000221,000
155/25MLSChicago Fire / New York City FC Univision: 214000214,000
165/24MLSReal Salt Lake / Atlanta United UniMás: 195000195,000
175/26MLSSporting Kansas City / Seattle SoundersFS1: 182000182,000
185/24MLSOrlando City SC / Los Angeles Galaxy UniMás: 172000172,000
195/19MLSNew York Red Bulls / Atlanta UnitedFS1: 147000147,000
205/16MLSLos Angeles FC / FC DallasESPN2: 112000112,000
215/15Coppa Italia FinalLazio / AtalantaESPN2: 9800098,000
225/15DFL Pokal FinalBayern Munich / RB LeipzigESPNEWS: 7900079,000
235/22FriendlyMinnesota United / Hertha Berlin UDN: 5600056,000
245/23FIFA U20 World CupPoland U20 / Colombia U20 Unvso: 4800048,000
255/18Int’l Friendly (W)Canada / Mexico UDN: 4600046,000
265/25FIFA U20 World CupPanama U20 / Mali U20 Unvso: 3900039,000
275/24FIFA U20 World CupHonduras U20 / New Zealand U20 Unvso: 2900029,000
285/18BundesligaWerder Bremen / RB Leipzig UDN: 2700027,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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