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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 14-27 2020

The Group Stage of MLS is Back has concluded, with the evening kickoffs averaging 221,957 viewers across all English-language networks. On ESPN’s networks, the Group Stage averaged 240,786 viewers, which is almost even with the 240,903 viewers that the league averaged on ESPN’s networks in 2019. The numbers were not as good on FOX’s networks, with their broadcasts down 14% from 223,294 viewers in 2019.

The Premier League on NBC averaged 820,645 viewers in 31 broadcasts over the 2019-2020 season. The league saw a slight drop in viewership following the COVID hiatus, averaging just 810,000 viewers in NBC’s final six broadcasts. The final round drew at least 1.6 million concurrent viewers on linear television across NBC, NBCSN, USA, Golf Channel, Telemundo, Universo and CNBC.

The NWSL Challenge Cup final drew a record 653,000 viewers on CBS, making it the most-watched NWSL match of all time, and just the second to draw more than 200,000 viewers. CBS’s only two soccer broadcasts in 2020 so far, the NWSL Challenge Cup opener and the NWSL Challenge Cup final, averaged 612,500 viewers, larger than MLS’s only match on FOX this summer that drew 587,000 viewers.

RankDateCompetitionTeamsNetworkTotal
17/16Copa por MexicoChivas / Club AméricaUnivision: 14000001,400,000
27/19Copa por MexicoCruz Azul / ChivasUniMás: 919000919,000
37/26Premier LeagueLeicester City / Manchester UnitedNBC: 750000 / Universo: 62000812,000
47/19Premier LeagueSpurs / Leicester CityNBCSN: 557000 / Telemundo: 127000684,000
57/26NWSL Challenge Cup FinalHouston Dash / Chicago Red StarsCBS: 653000653,000
67/22Premier LeagueLiverpool / ChelseaNBCSN: 550000 / Universo: 59000609,000
77/25Liga MXChivas / LeónTelemundo: 586000586,000
87/25Liga MXCruz Azul / Santos LagunaUnivision: 584000584,000
97/18Premier LeagueNorwich City / BurnleyNBC: 580000580,000
107/27Liga MXPachuca / Club AméricaUniMás: 491000491,000
117/26Liga MXPumas / QuerétaroUnivision: 401000401,000
127/21Premier LeagueAston Villa / ArsenalNBCSN: 375000375,000
137/22Premier LeagueManchester United / West HamNBCSN: 355000355,000
147/26Premier LeagueChelsea / WolvesUSA: 220000 / Telemundo: 127000347,000
157/16Premier LeagueCrystal Palace / Manchester UnitedNBCSN: 304000304,000
167/18MLS is BackLos Angeles FC / Los Angeles GalaxyESPN: 296000296,000
177/15Copa por MexicoCruz Azul / TigresUniMás: 284000284,000
187/27MLS is Back Round of 16Seattle Sounders / Los Angeles FCFS1: 284000284,000
197/20MLS is BackPhiladelphia Union / Orlando City SCESPN: 237000 / TUDN: 44000281,000
207/21Premier LeagueWatford / Manchester CityNBCSN: 261000 / Universo: 20000281,000
217/26Premier LeagueWest Ham / Aston VillaNBCSN: 280000280,000
227/14Premier LeagueChelsea / Norwich CityNBCSN: 273000273,000
237/18MLS is BackPortland Timbers / Houston DynamoESPN: 266000266,000
247/21MLS is BackAtlanta United / Columbus Crew SCESPN2: 205000 / TUDN: 40000245,000
257/19Premier LeagueAFC Bournemouth / SouthamptonNBCSN: 235000235,000
267/26MLS is Back Round of 16Toronto FC / New York City FCFS1: 169000 / TUDN: 63000232,000
277/27MLS is Back Round of 16San Jose Earthquakes / Real Salt LakeFS1: 223000223,000
287/20Premier LeagueWolves / Crystal PalaceNBCSN: 222000222,000
297/20Premier LeagueSheffield United / EvertonNBCSN: 200000200,000
307/22MLS is BackFC Cincinnati / New York Red BullsESPN: 200000200,000
317/17Premier LeagueWest Ham / WatfordNBCSN: 196000196,000
327/18Serie AHellas Verona / AtalantaESPN: 190000190,000
337/25MLS is Back Round of 16Philadelphia Union / New England RevolutionESPN2: 190000190,000
347/22MLS is BackColorado Rapids / Minnesota UnitedESPN: 186000186,000
357/23MLS is BackLos Angeles FC / Portland TimbersESPN2: 185000185,000
367/26MLS is Back Round of 16Sporting Kansas City / Vancouver WhitecapsFS1: 124000 / TUDN: 58000182,000
377/16Premier LeagueLeicester City / Sheffield UnitedNBCSN: 181000181,000
387/25MLS is Back Round of 16Orlando City SC / Montreal ImpactESPN2: 181000181,000
397/19MLS is BackChicago Fire / San Jose EarthquakesFS1: 130000 / TUDN: 50000180,000
407/19MLS is BackSeattle Sounders / Vancouver WhitecapsFS1: 164000 / TUDN: 15000179,000
417/23MLS is BackLos Angeles Galaxy / Houston DynamoFS1: 96000 / TUDN: 81000177,000
427/18Serie ACagliari / SassuoloESPN: 171000171,000
437/17MLS is BackReal Salt Lake / Minnesota UnitedESPN: 162000162,000
447/21MLS is BackMontreal Impact / DC UnitedESPN2: 132000 / TUDN: 26000158,000
457/26Premier LeagueArsenal / WatfordGolf: 157000157,000
467/16MLS is BackAtlanta United / FC CincinnatiESPN: 153000153,000
477/16MLS is BackNew York Red Bulls / Columbus Crew SCFS1: 137000 / TUDN: 16000153,000
487/17MLS is BackDC United / New England RevolutionESPN: 152000152,000
497/16MLS is BackToronto FC / Montreal ImpactFS1: 150000150,000
507/24Liga MXNecaxa / TigresTUDN: 149000149,000
517/19Serie AFiorentina / TorinoESPN: 142000142,000
527/21MLS is BackToronto FC / New England RevolutionESPN: 137000137,000
537/23MLS is BackChicago Fire / Vancouver WhitecapsESPN: 137000137,000
547/14MLS is BackInter Miami / Chicago FireESPN: 128000128,000
557/22MLS is BackReal Salt Lake / Sporting Kansas CityESPN: 127000127,000
567/27Liga MXMazatlán / PueblaTUDN: 115000115,000
577/14MLS is BackOrlando City SC / New York City FCTUDN: 111000111,000
587/27Liga MXAtlético San Luis / JuárezTUDN: 108000108,000
597/20MLS is BackInter Miami / New York City FCESPN: 102000102,000
607/15Serie ASampdoria / CagliariESPN: 9400094,000
617/23Serie ALazio / CagliariESPN: 8800088,000
627/15MLS is BackVancouver Whitecaps / San Jose EarthquakesTUDN: 8300083,000
637/15Serie ALecce / FiorentinaESPN: 8100081,000
647/14MLS is BackNashville SC / Philadelphia UnionTUDN: 7800078,000
657/21Serie AAtalanta / BolognaESPN: 7600076,000
667/16La LigaBarcelona / OsasunabeIN SPORTS: 7400074,000
677/16Serie ATorino / GenoaESPN: 7100071,000
687/25Liga MXTijuana / AtlasFOXD: 6900069,000
697/15MLS is BackToronto FC / Montreal ImpactTUDN: 5300053,000

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. rod

    August 27, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Candidly, some of the viewer totals on soccer are just a bit over rounding error on a zero count. The system used to catch the numbers isn’t particularly accurate and if someone forgets to turn off the tube when they leave the room, they still count.
    Of the 102k ostensibly watching Miami vs New York at 9AM on Monday 7/21 on ESPN, you have to wonder how many of them were actually taking their shower or getting breakfast, especially when it was beaten by 20% by Mike Greenberg’s chat show which ran at 7AM and beaten again by a rerun of the Greenberg show when it aired at 10AM.
    I don’t know what ESPN pays Mike Greenberg and his staff for the show, but it is surely getting more bang for its buck for 20 hours of him weekly than it is out of the $80m paid for MLS rights and the usual 50 or so of its games that it airs annually.

  2. Edwin

    August 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Why were the simulcast Unimas numbers not released for the Seattle vs LAFC match? They UniMas just not give those that week. They released other UniMas figures it seemed.

  3. rod

    August 4, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Why am I unable to leave a comment? Have I been banned?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 4, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      As long as your comments are relevant and you’re not trolling, they are not deleted.

  4. Tom

    August 4, 2020 at 2:28 am

    Any Spanish-language numbers for El Trafico?

  5. Edwin

    August 2, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Do you have the Seattle vs LAFC UniMas numbers the match was on FS1/UniMas

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