Author: Collin Werner

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 1-6, 2019

Major League Soccer’s final regular season broadcast of 2019 featured the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers — both fighting for a spot in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs — and drew an audience of 226,000 viewers on ESPN. ESPN’s networks finished the regular season seeing a 2% increase in viewership, up to 246,000 viewers per match, making up some of the ground from ESPN’s 10% drop in viewership from 2017 to 2018. NBC’s coverage of the Premier League is averaging 780,500 viewers through their first eight broadcasts of the 2019-2020 season, down 7% from their first eight last season. Saturday’s ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 23-30, 2019

The 2019 Apertura edition of the Liga MX SuperClásico averaged 2 million viewers on Univision’s networks, making it the most-watched club soccer match of the year on any network. It was the top-rated Apertura SuperClásico since 2014 and saw a 17% increase in viewership over the 2018 Apertura edition. Arsenal and Manchester United’s 0-0 draw last Monday delivered NBCSN’s largest audience for a weekday Premier League match since April’s Manchester Derby with a Total Audience Delivery of 416,000 viewers, with 53,000 viewers watching via streaming. Streaming made up 12.7% of total English-language viewership for the match. FS1’s Major League Soccer ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 3-22, 2019

Catching up on the TV ratings for the month of September, MLS broadcasts on ESPN are averaging just 139,000 viewers in the month so far, down from an even 200,000 from the first 4 weeks of September in 2018. Overall, MLS broadcasts on ESPN are averaging 241,400 viewers in 2019, down 2% from this same time in 2018. Matches televised on the Spanish-language Univision networks have seen an even steeper decline, averaging 228,962 viewers in 2019, down 21% from 2018. This is despite an increase in the number of matches broadcast on Univision’s flagship network from 11 to 13 so ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 27-September 1, 2019

Last Sunday’s North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs averaged 1.056 million viewers across NBCSN and Telemundo, marking the fourth consecutive week that a Premier League match has drawn an audience larger than 1 million viewers. It was the second most-watched Premier League match on both NBCSN and Telemundo so far this season with Manchester United and Chelsea’s gameweek 1 match meeting topping the chart for both networks. Through the first four rounds of the 2019-2020 season, the Premier League is averaging 623,864 viewers per match, up 7% from the same time period last year. Seattle Sounders’ 2-2 draw with ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 20-26, 2019

During MLS Rivalry Week, Major League Soccer saw seven matches nationally televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1, with those matches averaging 209,571 viewers. English-language viewership peaked for the second match of ESPN’s Friday night doubleheader between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, which averaged 304,000 viewers. Viewership for the weekend reached its lowest point the following day on ESPN2 for the Hudson River Derby that only managed to average 110,000 viewers. Finally, on Sunday, FS1 aired a rare MLS tripleheader that averaged 167,333 viewers. The most-viewed match of the night, el Tráfico, was outdrawn on FS1’s sister network, FOX Deportes, with ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 14-19, 2019

Atlanta United’s 3-2 victory over Club America in the 2019 Campeones Cup was watched by a total of 1.54 million viewers on Wednesday across Univision, TUDN and ESPN2. This was a 28% increase in total television audience when compared to the first edition of the tournament featuring Toronto FC and Tigres. Earlier in the day, Univision saw a drop in its total share of UEFA Super Cup viewership as it moved from an all-Spanish contest to an all-English one. Spanish-language viewership dropped 28% down to just 505,000 viewers while the English-language broadcast on TNT rose 82% to 316,000 viewers. Total ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-11, 2019

NBC’s coverage of the opening round of Premier League fixtures set records as NBCSN registered a Total Audience Delivery of 1.01 million viewers for Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, making it the most-watched opening weekend Premier League cable match ever in the United States. It was also the most-watched Premier League cable broadcast in over 4 years. Total Audience Delivery measures linear and digital viewing. Atlanta United’s 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy averaged 500,000 viewers on FOX earlier this month, up 26% from FOX’s Atlanta United broadcast back in May. Over on cable, however, MLS has suffered ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 9-31, 2019

Catching up on the last few weeks of soccer action on US television, the 2019 MLS All-Star Game averaged just 808,000 viewers across FOX Sports 1, UniMás and TUDN. Total viewership was down 15% from last year with English-language viewership at its lowest point since at least 2012. Only 182,000 watched FS1’s English broadcast of the match, down 60% from last year’s All-Star broadcast on ESPN and down 57% from 2017’s also on FS1. FOX Sports 1’s five MLS broadcasts in July averaged 201,200 viewers, up 27% from an average 157,846 viewers for the networks prior 13 broadcasts of 2019. ... Read more