Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 9-21, 2019

NBCSN’s Sunday broadcast of Manchester United against Liverpool produced a Total Audience Delivery of 763,000, making it the most-watched Premier League match on cable since September 1. A total of 697,000 viewers watched the match on NBCSN proper, making it the most-watched soccer match on cable during the month of October. Legal streaming of the match made up 8.65% of the total viewing audience for the game.

The National Women’s Soccer League playoff semi-finals averaged 128.500 viewers on ESPN2 last Sunday, up 24.8% from 103,000 for the semi-final round on Lifetime in 2017. North Carolina Courage’s 4-1 victory over Reign FC drew 34,000 more viewers than the MLS playoff match between Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls on FOX Sports 1, the MLS match kicked off at half time of the Courage/Reign match.

The six matches of the MLS Cup playoffs first round averaged just 195,500 viewers on English-language television, down 14.1% from comparable matches last season. ESPN’s broadcast featuring Minnesota United and Los Angeles Galaxy averaged 317,000 viewers, more than any first round match on English-language television since at least 2012.

Meanwhile, TNT’s coverage of UEFA Champions League Group Stage is averaging 212,000 viewers, which is the best in more than a decade through Matchday 3 – and +8% better than last year. Following a record-setting first year, TNT’s overall second season of Champions League coverage has continued to deliver strong results, with viewership up 5% – including Playoffs – compared to 2018.

Rank Date Competition Teams Network Total
1 10/15 CONCACAF Nations League Mexico / Panama UniMás: 1300000 1,300,000
2 10/11 CONCACAF Nations League Bermuda / Mexico UniMás: 1100000 1,100,000
3 10/19 Liga MX Apertura Necaxa / América Univision: 1100000 1,100,000
4 10/20 Premier League Man Utd / Liverpool NBCSN: 697000 / Telemundo: 280000 977,000
5 10/15 CONCACAF Nations League Canada / USMNT ESPN2: 323000 / UniMás: 494000 817,000
6 10/19 Premier League Crystal Palace / Man City NBC: 645000 / Universo: 44000 689,000
7 10/20 Liga MX Apertura Pumas / León Univision: 522000 522,000
8 10/11 CONCACAF Nations League USMNT / Cuba FS1: 157000 / UniMás: 330000 487,000
9 10/19 Premier League Spurs / Watford NBCSN: 456000 / Universo: 28000 484,000
10 10/13 CONCACAF Nations League Costa Rica / Curaçao UniMás: 359000 359,000
11 10/20 MLS Playoffs Minnesota United / Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN: 317000 317,000
12 10/12 European Championship Qualifying Norway / Spain UniMás: 297000 297,000
13 10/19 Liga MX Apertura Cruz Azul / Morelia UniMás: 289000 289,000
14 10/13 CONCACAF Nations League Honduras / Martinique UniMás: 271000 271,000
15 10/19 MLS Playoffs Seattle Sounders / FC Dallas FS1: 264000 264,000
16 10/18 Liga MX Apertura Veracruz / Tigres TUDN: 263000 263,000
17 10/19 Premier League Everton / West Ham NBCSN: 228000 228,000
18 10/19 Liga MX Apertura Pachuca / Juárez TUDN: 201000 201,000
19 10/19 MLS Playoffs Atlanta United / New England Revolution Univision: 199000 199,000
20 10/10 CONCACAF Nations League Haiti / Costa Rica UniMás: 194000 194,000
21 10/9 Int’l Friendly Germany / Argentina UniMás: 182000 182,000
22 10/18 Liga MX Apertura Puebla / Atlas TUDN: 182000 182,000
23 10/21 Premier League Sheffield United / Arsenal NBCSN: 142000 / Universo: 21000 163,000
24 10/15 European Championship Qualifying Sweden / Spain UniMás: 156000 156,000
25 10/20 NWSL Semi Final Chicago Red Stars / Portland Thorns ESPN2: 155000 155,000
26 10/14 European Championship Qualifying Ukraine / Portugal UniMás: 148000 148,000
27 10/12 Int’l Friendly (U23) Mexico U23 / Argentina U23 TUDN: 140000 140,000
28 10/20 MLS Playoffs Philadelphia Union / New York Red Bulls FS1: 121000 121,000
29 10/13 European Championship Qualifying Estonia / Germany TUDN: 106000 106,000
30 10/11 European Championship Qualifying Iceland / France UniMás: 105000 105,000
31 10/20 NWSL Semi Final North Carolina Courage / Seattle Reign ESPN2: 102000 102,000
32 10/19 Bundesliga Augsburg / Bayern TUDN: 92000 92,000
33 10/19 MLS Playoffs Toronto FC / DC United TUDN: 84000 84,000
34 10/13 European Championship Qualifying Belarus / Netherlands TUDN: 83000 83,000
35 10/19 MLS Playoffs Real Salt Lake / Portland Timbers ESPNews: 80000 80,000
36 10/15 CONCACAF Nations League St. Lucia / El Salvador TUDN: 63000 63,000
37 10/12 CONCACAF Nations League Jamaica / Aruba TUDN: 58000 58,000
38 10/10 European Championship Qualifying Netherlands / Northern Ireland TUDN: 48000 48,000
39 10/12 European Championship Qualifying Denmark / Switzerland TUDN: 46000 46,000
40 10/10 CONCACAF Nations League Trinidad and Tobago / Honduras TUDN: 36000 36,000
41 10/13 CONCACAF Nations League St. Kitts and Nevis / Belize TUDN: 36000 36,000
42 10/13 European Championship Qualifying Kazakhstan / Belgium TUDN: 33000 33,000
43 10/15 European Championship Qualifying Finland / Armenia TUDN: 27000 27,000
44 10/12 European Championship Qualifying Georgia / Ireland TUDN: 18000 18,000
45 10/14 CONCACAF Nations League Sint Maarten / Guadeloupe TUDN: 15000 15,000
46 10/20 Bundesliga Köln / Paderborn TUDN: 15000 15,000
47 10/18 Bundesliga Frankfurt / Leverkusen TUDN: 10000 10,000
48 10/10 European Championship Qualifying Belarus / Estonia TUDN: 8000 8,000

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

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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