Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 20-26, 2019

During MLS Rivalry Week, Major League Soccer saw seven matches nationally televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1, with those matches averaging 209,571 viewers. English-language viewership peaked for the second match of ESPN’s Friday night doubleheader between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, which averaged 304,000 viewers.

Viewership for the weekend reached its lowest point the following day on ESPN2 for the Hudson River Derby that only managed to average 110,000 viewers. Finally, on Sunday, FS1 aired a rare MLS tripleheader that averaged 167,333 viewers. The most-viewed match of the night, el Tráfico, was outdrawn on FS1’s sister network, FOX Deportes, with the two combining for 462,000 total viewers.

TUDN’s coverage of the 2019 Leagues Cup semifinals saw a 98% increase in viewership from the quarterfinal round, with the competition’s only all-Liga MX matchup so far bringing in the highest viewership numbers as 545,000 saw Tigres defeat Club América on penalties on TUDN.

For the first Serie A match shown on US television this season, ESPN saw a 16% decline in viewership compared to the opening broadcast of last season. ESPN’s first-ever Serie A broadcast in 2018 featured Juventus taking on Lazio on ESPN2 and drew 210,000 viewers. This year, the opening broadcast featured Roma and Genoa on the flagship network and averaged 177,000 viewers.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
18/24Premier LeagueLiverpool / ArsenalNBC: 1009000 / Universo: 910001,100,000
28/24Liga MX AperturaTigres / AméricaUnivision: 11000001,100,000
38/25Premier LeagueSpurs / NewcastleNBCSN: 585000 / Telemundo: 191000776,000
48/24Liga MX AperturaCruz Azul / PueblaUnivision: 627000627,000
58/24Premier LeagueMan United / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 549000 / Universo: 37000586,000
68/20Leagues CupClub América / TigresTUDN: 545000545,000
78/25MLSLos Angeles FC / Los Angeles GalaxyFS1: 217000 / FOXD: 245000462,000
88/25Liga MX AperturaToluca / TijuanaUnivision: 446000446,000
98/20Leagues CupCruz Azul / Los Angeles GalaxyTUDN: 419000419,000
108/25Premier LeagueBournemouth / Man CityNBCSN: 384000384,000
118/24Premier LeagueNorwich / ChelseaNBCSN: 334000334,000
128/24Liga MX AperturaQuerétaro / LeónUniMás: 314000314,000
138/23MLSPortland Timbers / Seattle SoundersESPN: 304000304,000
148/22MLSSporting Kansas City / Minnesota UnitedESPN: 285000285,000
158/23MLSOrlando City SC / Atlanta UnitedESPN: 266000266,000
168/21MLSLos Angeles FC / San Jose EarthquakesUniMás: 251000251,000
178/23Liga MX AperturaSantos / MonterreyFOXD: 222000222,000
188/23Liga MX AperturaMorelia / PumasTUDN: 213000213,000
198/23Liga MX AperturaVeracruz / Atlético San LuisTUDN: 186000186,000
208/21MLSDC United / New York Red BullsUniMás: 177000177,000
218/25Serie ARoma / GenoaESPN: 177000177,000
228/25MLSFC Cincinnati / Columbus Crew SCFS1: 153000153,000
238/23Premier LeagueAston Villa / EvertonNBCSN: 151000151,000
248/25MLSFC Dallas / Houston DynamoFS1: 132000132,000
258/26Liga MX FemenilTigres / MonterreyTUDN: 113000113,000
268/24MLSNew York City FC / New York Red BullsESPN2: 110000110,000
278/24BundesligaSchalke / BayernTUDN: 8000080,000
288/22CONCACAF LeagueAlianza / TauroTUDN: 6300063,000
298/26Liga MX FemenilAmérica / TijuanaTUDN: 5300053,000
308/20UCL PlayoffAPOEL / AjaxTUDN: 3600036,000
318/21UCL PlayoffOlympiakos Piraeus / KrasnodarTUDN: 2000020,000
328/22CONCACAF LeagueForge FC / OlimpiaTUDN: 1900019,000
338/24BundesligaDusseldorf / LeverkusenTUDN: 1400014,000
348/20UCL PlayoffLASK Linz / Club BruggeGalavision: 1100011,000
358/21UCL PlayoffYoung Boys / Crvena ZvezdaGalavision: 1000010,000
368/22CONCACAF LeagueWaterhouse / HeredianoTUDN: 70007,000
378/25BundesligaRB Leipzig / FrankfurtTUDN: 60006,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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  1. Me September 4, 2019

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