Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 1-13, 2020

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United on the afternoon of New Years Day was the most-watched weekday match ever on NBCSN, drawing 721,000 viewers to the network. It was also the most-watched Premier League match on cable television since November 10 when Liverpool defeated Manchester City. The first Premier League match of 2020 on NBC saw Liverpool earn a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur as 1.189 million viewers watched on English-language TV, the largest for a match on broadcast television of the 2019-2020 season so far. beIN SPORTS’ largest audience of this new year came on January 4 for a ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 16-29, 2019

NBCSN’s Boxing Day Premier League coverage averaged 404,250 viewers across four match broadcasts, up 13% from 357,500 viewers last year and peaking at 570,000 viewers for Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Leicester City. Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Leicester City on December 21 was NBC’s most-watched Premier League match of the month, drawing 821,000 viewers. The Premier League on NBC averaged 776,000 viewers for the month of December and has averaged 777,944 viewers through the first six months of the 2019-2020 season. The 2nd leg of the 2019 Liga MX Apertura Final on Univision was the most-watched club soccer match of ... Read more

Ranking the most-watched USWNT games on TV during 2019

Understandably, the attendance numbers for the USWNT received a substantial boost because it was a Women’s World Cup year. So it would follow that the TV viewing numbers would also receive a substantial boost because of the global tournament. TV viewing numbers were up compared to 2018, 2017 and 2016. However they were down slightly from the last Women’s World Cup year in 2015 due to a more favorable timezone for viewers in the United States (the 2015 Women’s World Cup was held in Canada). All in all, ratings for the USWNT in 2019 were outstanding. They drew an average ... Read more

Ranking the most-watched USMNT games on TV during 2019

Attendance for the USMNT is down for the fourth straight year. But on the bright side, viewing numbers are up for one important metric: English-language TV ratings. The numbers did increase for three major reasons. One was the fact that the US went to the Gold Cup Final (but still lost to Mexico). Second, the US played Mexico twice in the same year. And third, it was the first time the US Men’s National Team had played actual competitive games that mattered in 18 months. Ratings were up for the US in 2019 over 2018. While the ratings were up ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 11-15, 2019

Monterrey’s 3-2 victory over Al Sadd in the Second Round of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup averaged 293,000 viewers on FOX Deportes, up nearly 100,000 viewers from Chivas de Guadalajara’s 3-2 defeat against Kashima Antlers in the Second Round of the 2018 tournament on Telemundo. Monterrey’s game was the most-watched FIFA Club World Cup non-Final match since 2016 when Club América last participated. In the Premier League, Manchester City’s victory over Arsenal last Sunday afternoon averaged a combined 791,000 viewers on NBCSN and Telemundo, enough to rank as the most-watched soccer broadcast of the week. The day before, NBC’s ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 3-9, 2019

Last Saturday’s Manchester Derby on NBCSN and Telemundo averaged a combined 999,000 viewers, delivering both network’s largest audience for a Premier League match since Manchester City battled Liverpool in early November. Given it was televised on NBCSN and not the over-the-air NBC network, it was not surprisingly the least-watched Manchester Derby to be played on a weekend since September 10, 2016, and down 9% from 1.1 million viewers for the same fixture last season. Univision’s broadcasts of their three Liga MX Semifinal matches averaged 1.4 million viewers, down 17% from the semifinals of last year’s Apertura which featured a matchup ... Read more

Next MLS TV rights deal could make or break U.S. league

An industry analyst estimates that the MLS expansion fees could increase from $200 million to as much as $600 million for teams 31 and 32 in order for team owners to try to recoup their investment in the league because the TV revenue numbers don’t work otherwise.  In an interview with Pro Soccer USA, industry analyst Corey Leff said that MLS owners are making less than $3 million a year from TV revenue based on the current TV deal that generates $90 million a year for the league for rights to MLS, USMNT and USWNT but that $90 million is ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 14-December 1, 2019

Univision’s broadcast of the 2nd leg of the Tigres-Club América Liga MX Quarterfinal drew 2 million total viewers, enough to make it the top-rated club soccer match of 2019, and the top-rated Liga MX Quarterfinal in over 2 years. The first leg of the Liga MX Femenil final recently on TUDN averaged 180,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Liga MX Femenil match in so far in 2019. The second leg should continue to see strong numbers, coming just before Saturday’s Liga MX Liguilla semifinals on TUDN. NBC’s broadcast of Southampton’s 2-1 victory over Watford was the third least-watched Premier League ... Read more