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.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
16/1UCL FinalSpurs / LiverpoolTNT: 1508000 / Univision: 14500002,958,000
26/9FIFA WWCEngland / ScotlandFOX: 1482000 / Telemundo: 4720001,954,000
36/9Int’l FriendlyMexico / Ecuador Univision: 17600001,760,000
46/9UEFA Nations League FinalNetherlands / PortugalESPN: 534000 / UNI & UDN: 9560001,490,000
56/8FIFA WWCSpain / South AfricaFOX: 1081000 / Telemundo: 3540001,435,000
66/5Int’l FriendlyMexico / Venezuela UniMás: 13100001,310,000
76/8FIFA WWCNorway / NigeriaFOX: 1209000 / Unvso: 620001,271,000
86/9Int’l FriendlyUSMNT / VenezuelaFOX: 1037000 / UniMás: 2120001,249,000
96/9FIFA WWCBrazil / JamaicaFS1: 600000 / Telemundo: 277000877,000
106/7FIFA WWCFrance / Korea RepublicFS1: 492000 / Telemundo: 373000865,000
115/29UEL FinalChelsea / ArsenalTNT: 413000 / Univision: 271000684,000
126/8FIFA WWCGermany / ChinaFS1: 473000 / Telemundo: 203000676,000
136/6UEFA Nations LeagueNetherlands / EnglandESPN2: 249000 / UniMás: 235000484,000
146/2FIFA U20 WCColombia U20 / New Zealand U20 Telemundo: 441000441,000
156/9FIFA WWCAustralia / ItalyFS1: 321000 / Telemundo: 109000430,000
166/5UEFA Nations LeaguePortugal / SwitzerlandESPN2: 183000 / UniMás: 219000402,000
175/27FIFA U20 WCUSA U20 / Nigeria U20FS1: 200000 / Unvso: 86000286,000
186/2FIFA U20 WCItaly U20 / Poland U20 Telemundo: 284000284,000
196/5Int’l FriendlyUSMNT / JamaicaFS1: 284000284,000
206/8UEFA Euro Qual.Turkey / France UniMás: 278000278,000
215/29FIFA U20 WCEcuador U20 / Mexico U20 Telemundo: 261000261,000
226/1MLSAtlanta United / Chicago Fire UniMás and UDN: 249000249,000
236/8MLSSan Jose Earthquakes / FC Dallas Univision: 232000232,000
246/8FIFA U20 WCUSA U20 / Ecuador U20FS2: 212000212,000
256/1MLSPortland Timbers / Los Angeles FCESPN2: 189000189,000
266/9UEFA Nations LeagueEngland / SwitzerlandESPN2: 165000165,000
276/8UEFA Euro Qual.Croatia / WalesESPN2: 100000 / UDN: 22000122,000
286/4FIFA U20 WCFrance U20 / USA U20 Unvso: 6300063,000
296/4FIFA U20 WCArgentina U20 / Mali U20 Unvso: 6300063,000
305/27FIFA U20 WCHonduras U20 / Uruguay U20 Unvso: 5900059,000
316/2Int’l FriendlyFrance / Bolivia UDN: 5700057,000
325/30FIFA U20 WCUSA U20 / Qatar U20 Unvso: 4100041,000
335/30FIFA U20 WCNorway U20 / Honduras U20 Unvso: 4000040,000
345/31FIFA U20 WCKorea Republic U20 / Argentina U20 Unvso: 3800038,000
356/8UEFA Euro Qual.Russia / San Marino UDN: 3400034,000
365/29FIFA U20 WCColombia U20 / Tahiti U20 Unvso: 2900029,000
376/3FIFA U20 WCUruguay U20 / Ecuador U20 Unvso: 2900029,000
385/28FIFA U20 WCPortugal U20 / Argentina U20 Unvso: 2400024,000
396/7FIFA U20 WCColombia U20 / Ukraine U20 Unvso: 2400024,000
405/30Int’l FriendlyTurkey / Greece UDN: 1800018,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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