Most-watched Bundesliga games on US TV

Most-watched Bundesliga games on US TV

With the 2019/20 Bundesliga restarting after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we’ve received several questions from readers on social media and e-mail about how the latest viewing figures compare to other matches. So, based on popular demand, here’s the list of the most-watched Bundesliga games on US TV from 2016 through 2020 (English-language TV only).

While we were disappointed with the recent numbers on FS1, the numbers are very positive when compared to previous Bundesliga matches that have aired on English-language U.S. television. In fact, the two big matches that aired recently are the most-watched Bundesliga viewing numbers on FS1 since we’ve begun tabulating the soccer TV ratings data from 2016 onwards.

RankGameDateBroadcasterAvg Viewership
1Bayern Munich-Dortmund4/6/19FOX470,000
2Dortmund-Bayern Munich11/19/16FOX426,000
3Bayern Munich-Frankfurt5/18/19FOX413,000
4Bayern Munich-Freiburg5/20/17FOX395,000
5Dortmund-RB Leipzig8/26/18FOX395,000
6Dortmund-Schalke5/16/20FS1365,000
7Union Berlin-Bayern Munich5/17/20FS1361,000
8Bayern Munich-Dortmund3/31/18FOX352,000
9RB Leipzig-Bayern Munich5/11/19FOX348,000
10RB Leipzig-Bayern Munich5/13/17FOX339,000
11Hoffenheim-Dortmund5/12/18FOX329,000
12Wolfsburg-Bayern Munich4/29/17FOX308,000
13Bremen-Leverkusen10/15/16FOX296,000
14Leverkusen-Bayern Munich4/15/17FOX282,000
15Gladbach-Leverkusen8/27/16FOX248,000

With the Bundesliga moving to ESPN+ beginning next season, and ESPN promising to broadcast four matches per season on television, it’ll be interesting to see how the numbers from FOX Sports (who had the rights from 2015 to 2020) will measure up against ESPN.

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Meanwhile, here’s the list of the top 8 most-watched Bundesliga games on US TV on FS1 from 2017 to 2020 for comparative purposes:

RankGameDateAvg Viewership
1Dortmund-Schalke5/16/20365,000
2Union Berlin-Bayern Munich5/17/20361,000
3Frankfurt-Gladbach5/16/20232,000
4Bayern Munich-Dortmund4/8/17174,000
5Koln-Mainz5/17/20167,000
6Dortmund-Hertha Berlin8/26/17142,000
7Bayern Munich-Frankfurt3/11/17124,000
8Bremen-Bayern Munich8/26/17124,000
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