Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 8-13 2020

MLS is Back! The league returned last week averaging 300,875 viewers on English-language ESPN, FOX and FOX Sports 1 in the 8PM ET and 10:30PM ET start times, down about 10% from the leagues average English-language audience in the first two weeks of the season back in March. Over on Spanish-language TUDN, the opening matches have averaged 53,200 viewers. ESPN averaged 337,500 viewers for their first four late MLS is Back broadcasts, down from about 391,000 in the network’s first three MLS broadcasts of 2020, but up nearly 80,000 average viewers from the network’s average in 2019. The league’s first three post-COVID hiatus broadcasts on FS1 are drawing very similar audiences to that network’s average in 2019, averaging around 157,000 viewers.

Univision’s coverage of the Copa por Mexico tournament continued this week as the group stage ended, with viewership peaking on Saturday for Club América’s match against Cruz Azul. A total of 726,000 viewers tuned in, making the friendly the third most-watched soccer match on American television last week. Univision’s coverage of 11 of the tournaments 12 matches averaged 307,182 viewers.

The Premier League on NBC drew its second-largest audience since returning last month on Saturday, drawing 945,000 viewers for Sheffield United’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea. This brings NBC’s average for the 2019-2020 Premier League season up to 831,379 viewers, running about even with the league’s average audience in the 2018-2019 season.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
17/11Premier LeagueSheffield United / ChelseaNBC: 945000 / Universo: 52000997,000
27/12Premier LeagueSpurs / ArsenalNBCSN: 668000 / Telemundo: 197000865,000
37/11Copa por MexicoClub América / Cruz AzulUnivision: 726000726,000
47/11MLS is BackNew York Red Bulls / Atlanta UnitedFOX: 587000 / TUDN: 52000639,000
57/11Premier LeagueLiverpool / BurnleyNBCSN: 555000 / Universo: 42000597,000
67/11Copa por MexicoChivas / MazatlanUnivision: 493000493,000
77/8MLS is BackOrlando City SC / Inter MiamiESPN: 464000 / ESPN Deportes: 28000492,000
87/12Premier LeagueBournemouth / Leicester CityNBCSN: 428000428,000
97/11Premier LeagueBrighton / Manchester CityNBCSN: 318000 / Universo: 102000420,000
107/9Premier LeagueAston Villa / Manchester UnitedNBCSN: 367000 / Universo: 25000392,000
117/13Premier LeagueManchester United / SouthamptonNBCSN: 350000 / Universo: 20000370,000
127/8Premier LeagueLiverpool / BrightonNBCSN: 312000 / Universo: 24000336,000
137/12MLS is BackSporting Kansas City / Minnesota UnitedESPN: 333000333,000
147/10MLS is BackSeattle Sounders / San Jose EarthquakesESPN: 319000319,000
157/8Copa por MexicoChivas / TigresTUDN: 311000311,000
167/12Premier LeagueAston Villa / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 278000278,000
177/9Premier LeagueBournemouth / SpursNBCSN: 276000276,000
187/13MLS is BackLos Angeles Galaxy / Portland TimbersFS1: 202000 / TUDN: 71000273,000
197/8Premier LeagueNewcastle / Manchester CityNBCSN: 215000 / Universo: 20000235,000
207/12MLS is BackColorado Rapids / Real Salt LakeESPN: 234000234,000
217/13MLS is BackHouston Dynamo / Los Angeles FCFS1: 164000 / TUDN: 60000224,000
227/11Premier LeagueNorwich City / West HamNBCSN: 179000179,000
237/12Copa por MexicoPumas / TolucaTUDN: 163000163,000
247/9MLS is BackNew York City FC / Philadelphia UnionESPN: 159000159,000
257/12Copa por MexicoAtlas / TigresTUDN: 154000154,000
267/8Copa por MexicoCruz Azul / TolucaTUDN: 151000151,000
277/11MLS is BackFC Cincinnati / Columbus Crew SCFS1: 104000 / TUDN: 32000136,000
287/12Premier LeagueWolves / EvertonNBCSN: 127000127,000
297/12Serie AGenoa / SPALESPN: 111000111,000
307/9MLS is BackMontreal Impact / New England RevolutionTUDN: 5100051,000
317/8La LigaBarcelona / EspanyolbeIN SPORTS: 4000040,000

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