Category: TV Ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 5-11, 2019

The 2019 MLS Cup Final between Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC averaged 823,000 viewers on ABC and an additional 447,000 on Spanish-language Univision, both up from the last time these two teams met in an MLS Cup Final back in 2017 when the match averaged 803,000 on ESPN and 304,000 on UniMás. However, the match is down massively from the 2016 Final, which also featured Seattle and Toronto and drew 1.411 million viewers on FOX. Plus, the viewing figure on ABC is down almost 50% compared to last year’s final on FOX. In better news, the Canadian broadcast on TSN ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 28-November 3, 2019

Toronto FC’s victory over Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final was FOX Sports 1’s most-watched MLS match in over two years, and only the second match in 2019 to average more than 300,000 viewers on the network. Over on ESPN’s networks, the Western Conference final averaged a combined 661,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes. After ten broadcasts, the 2019 Major League Soccer playoffs averaged 260,900 viewers on English-language cable. Telemundo’s coverage of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup is scoring impressive numbers, averaging 255,000 viewers through the broadcast networks first 6 group stage matches. Mexico’s 8-0 demolition of ... Read more

Seattle-Toronto MLS Cup Final disappoints with 1.27 million viewers

Major League Soccer’s 2019 final between Seattle and Toronto averaged 1.27 million viewers across ABC, Univision and TUDN combined, according to Nielsen fast nationals. Overall, the 2019 MLS Cup Final viewing number on ABC (823,000) is a significant disappointment considering that last year’s Final aired on the free-to-air FOX network, which averaged 1.56 million viewers for Atlanta United-Portland. Sunday’s final was the first time in more than 10 years that the MLS Cup Final was televised on ABC, a free-to-air network that aired the most-watched MLS Cup Final of all time with 2.2 million viewers in 1997. On Spanish-language television, ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 22-27, 2019

Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday was the most-watched soccer match of the week with a combined 1.251 million viewers. It was the fourth most-watched Premier League match of 2019, the third largest Premier League audience on Telemundo in 2019 and the second most-watched of Premier League match of the 2018-2019 season. The 2019 MLS Western Conference Semi-Final between Los Angeles FC and Los Angeles Galaxy on ESPN averaged 586,000 viewers, making it the most-watched MLS Cup Playoff match on English-language cable since at least 2012. Overall, the MLS Conference Semi-Final’s averaged 292,250 viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ... Read more

LAFC-LA Galaxy scores 871,000 viewers for ESPN’s most-watched MLS playoff game ever

Thursday night’s broadcast of LAFC against LA Galaxy scored a combined viewing audience of 871,000 viewers across the ESPN2, ESPN and ESPN Deportes channels, according to an ESPN spokesperson. Ending in an exciting 5-3 finish, the LAFC-LA Galaxy game made history by becoming the most-viewed MLS Cup Playoff game on record for the ESPN networks. Previously, the record had been held by the Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy Western Conference Final in 2014 with 822,000 viewers across ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. On ESPN Deportes, LAFC-Galaxy was the most-watched MLS game ever for the Spanish-language network. Despite the game originally scheduled ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 9-21, 2019

NBCSN’s Sunday broadcast of Manchester United against Liverpool produced a Total Audience Delivery of 763,000, making it the most-watched Premier League match on cable since September 1. A total of 697,000 viewers watched the match on NBCSN proper, making it the most-watched soccer match on cable during the month of October. Legal streaming of the match made up 8.65% of the total viewing audience for the game. The National Women’s Soccer League playoff semi-finals averaged 128.500 viewers on ESPN2 last Sunday, up 24.8% from 103,000 for the semi-final round on Lifetime in 2017. North Carolina Courage’s 4-1 victory over Reign ... Read more

MLS TV ratings slump 19% during regular season; Playoffs take a nosedive

TV viewing numbers for the 2019 MLS regular season saw a dramatic decline compared to last year, so much so that the MLS TV ratings slumped 19% while the opening weekend of the MLS playoffs dropped 54%. For the 2019 regular MLS season, viewership over the 62 televised broadcasts averaged 268,081 viewers according to research from World Soccer Talk. That compares to an average of 332,435 last year for the same number of games, marking a 19.35% decline in viewership across all MLS broadcasters combined — FS1, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, Univision, UniMas and TUDN. MLS fans may attribute the dramatic decline ... Read more

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