Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 27-June 9, 2019

The opening weekend of the FIFA Women’s World Cup averaged 1.068 million viewers across the networks of FOX and Telemundo. Over 75% of viewers so far have elected to watch the tournament in English as FOX and FOX Sports 1 are averaging 808,000 viewers through their first seven broadcasts. When limiting the pool to broadcasts available over the air only, FOX is averaging 1.26 million viewers and Telemundo is averaging 293,000. Last Sunday’s match between England and Scotland was the most-watched match for both networks combining for nearly 2 million viewers.

MLS is continuing to disappoint on English-language television ESPN’s final broadcast before the summer break drawing just 189,000 viewers for a match between Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC. This brings MLS’ average viewership down to just 240,000 viewers through 13 broadcasts in 2019, down 15% from 2018 and nearly 17% from 2017. MLS fans shouldn’t expect things to get much better this season as ESPN broadcasts have seen a minimum 10% drop in viewership in each of the past two seasons.

TNT’s broadcast of the UEFA Europa League final averaged 413,000 viewers, an increase of nearly 218% from last year’s Final on FS1 and up 7% from the 2017 final that featured Manchester United. An additional 271,000 viewers watched in Spanish on Univision, which was their second most-watched Europa League match of the season just behind their April 11 broadcast of Arsenal taking on Napoli in the Quarter Finals which drew 279,000 viewers.

Rank Date Competition Teams Network Total
1 6/1 UCL Final Spurs / Liverpool TNT: 1508000 / Univision: 1450000 2,958,000
2 6/9 FIFA WWC England / Scotland FOX: 1482000 / Telemundo: 472000 1,954,000
3 6/9 Int’l Friendly Mexico / Ecuador Univision: 1760000 1,760,000
4 6/9 UEFA Nations League Final Netherlands / Portugal ESPN: 534000 / UNI & UDN: 956000 1,490,000
5 6/8 FIFA WWC Spain / South Africa FOX: 1081000 / Telemundo: 354000 1,435,000
6 6/5 Int’l Friendly Mexico / Venezuela UniMás: 1310000 1,310,000
7 6/8 FIFA WWC Norway / Nigeria FOX: 1209000 / Unvso: 62000 1,271,000
8 6/9 Int’l Friendly USMNT / Venezuela FOX: 1037000 / UniMás: 212000 1,249,000
9 6/9 FIFA WWC Brazil / Jamaica FS1: 600000 / Telemundo: 277000 877,000
10 6/7 FIFA WWC France / Korea Republic FS1: 492000 / Telemundo: 373000 865,000
11 5/29 UEL Final Chelsea / Arsenal TNT: 413000 / Univision: 271000 684,000
12 6/8 FIFA WWC Germany / China FS1: 473000 / Telemundo: 203000 676,000
13 6/6 UEFA Nations League Netherlands / England ESPN2: 249000 / UniMás: 235000 484,000
14 6/2 FIFA U20 WC Colombia U20 / New Zealand U20 Telemundo: 441000 441,000
15 6/9 FIFA WWC Australia / Italy FS1: 321000 / Telemundo: 109000 430,000
16 6/5 UEFA Nations League Portugal / Switzerland ESPN2: 183000 / UniMás: 219000 402,000
17 5/27 FIFA U20 WC USA U20 / Nigeria U20 FS1: 200000 / Unvso: 86000 286,000
18 6/2 FIFA U20 WC Italy U20 / Poland U20 Telemundo: 284000 284,000
19 6/5 Int’l Friendly USMNT / Jamaica FS1: 284000 284,000
20 6/8 UEFA Euro Qual. Turkey / France UniMás: 278000 278,000
21 5/29 FIFA U20 WC Ecuador U20 / Mexico U20 Telemundo: 261000 261,000
22 6/1 MLS Atlanta United / Chicago Fire UniMás and UDN: 249000 249,000
23 6/8 MLS San Jose Earthquakes / FC Dallas Univision: 232000 232,000
24 6/8 FIFA U20 WC USA U20 / Ecuador U20 FS2: 212000 212,000
25 6/1 MLS Portland Timbers / Los Angeles FC ESPN2: 189000 189,000
26 6/9 UEFA Nations League England / Switzerland ESPN2: 165000 165,000
27 6/8 UEFA Euro Qual. Croatia / Wales ESPN2: 100000 / UDN: 22000 122,000
28 6/4 FIFA U20 WC France U20 / USA U20 Unvso: 63000 63,000
29 6/4 FIFA U20 WC Argentina U20 / Mali U20 Unvso: 63000 63,000
30 5/27 FIFA U20 WC Honduras U20 / Uruguay U20 Unvso: 59000 59,000
31 6/2 Int’l Friendly France / Bolivia UDN: 57000 57,000
32 5/30 FIFA U20 WC USA U20 / Qatar U20 Unvso: 41000 41,000
33 5/30 FIFA U20 WC Norway U20 / Honduras U20 Unvso: 40000 40,000
34 5/31 FIFA U20 WC Korea Republic U20 / Argentina U20 Unvso: 38000 38,000
35 6/8 UEFA Euro Qual. Russia / San Marino UDN: 34000 34,000
36 5/29 FIFA U20 WC Colombia U20 / Tahiti U20 Unvso: 29000 29,000
37 6/3 FIFA U20 WC Uruguay U20 / Ecuador U20 Unvso: 29000 29,000
38 5/28 FIFA U20 WC Portugal U20 / Argentina U20 Unvso: 24000 24,000
39 6/7 FIFA U20 WC Colombia U20 / Ukraine U20 Unvso: 24000 24,000
40 5/30 Int’l Friendly Turkey / Greece UDN: 18000 18,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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