Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 22-30 2020

The National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup kicked off last weekend. Defending champions North Carolina Courage defeated Portland Thorns FC 2-1 before a television audience of 572,000 on CBS, the largest audience ever for a NWSL match. The final of the NWSL Challenge Cup is also scheduled to air on CBS on July 26.

The English FA Cup made its first appearance on American television in over two years after the property left FOX Sports and moved exclusively to ESPN+ following the 2018 final. The two FA Cup quarter-finals airing on ESPN averaged 257,000 viewers, up about 16% from what the competition averaged on FS1 in all of 2017 and 2018. Manchester United’s extra time victory over Norwich City drew 308,000 viewers, making it the eighth most-watched FA Cup match on cable television since 2016.

The Premier League averaged 275,333 viewers on NBCSN in its second week back, down 29% from 354,444 in the league’s first week back on NBCSN and also down from the league’s pre-COVID average viewership by about 100,000 viewers. However, it is worth pointing out the increased share of matches broadcast mid-week following the league’s return.

 

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
16/27NWSL Challenge CupNorth Carolina Courage / Portland ThornsCBS: 572000572,000
26/25Premier LeagueChelsea / Manchester CityNBCSN: 511000 / Universo: 52000563,000
36/28Premier LeagueWatford / SouthamptonNBCSN: 308000 / Telemundo: 141000449,000
46/24Premier LeagueLiverpool / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 383000 / Universo: 22000405,000
56/30Premier LeagueBrighton / Manchester UnitedNBCSN: 312000 / Universo: 23000335,000
66/23Premier LeagueSpurs / West HamNBCSN: 315000315,000
76/27FA CupNorwich / Manchester UnitedESPN: 308000308,000
86/24Premier LeagueMan Utd / Sheffield UnitedNBCSN: 293000 / Universo: 13000306,000
96/22Premier LeagueManchester City / BurnleyNBCSN: 227000227,000
106/28FA CupSheffield United / ArsenalESPN: 206000206,000
116/29Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / BurnleyNBCSN: 184000184,000
126/27Premier LeagueAston Villa / WolvesNBCSN: 181000181,000
136/25Premier LeagueSouthampton / ArsenalNBCSN: 158000158,000
146/23Premier LeagueLeicester City / BrightonNBCSN: 145000145,000
156/27BundesligaWolfsburg / Bayern MünchenFS1: 121000121,000
166/22Serie ALecce / AC MilanESPN: 115000115,000
176/28Serie ASassuolo / VeronaESPN: 9700097,000
186/23Serie ASPAL / CaligariESPN: 9000090,000
196/23Serie AGenoa / ParmaESPN: 8300083,000
206/27La LigaCelta / BarcelonabeIN SPORTS: 6500065,000
216/24Serie AAtalanta / LazioESPN: 6400064,000
226/30La LigaBarcelona / Atletico MadridbeIN SPORTS: 5300053,000
236/27Serie ACagliari / TorinoESPN2: 4900049,000
246/27BundesligaBorussia Dortmund / HoffenheimUniMás: 2300023,000
256/27BundesligaAugsburg / RB LeipzigTUDN: 90009,000

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