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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017

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Viewership for NBC Universo’s coverage of Liga MX hit its peak for 2017 this past weekend as 284,000 watched Pachuca and Chivas play to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Prior to this match, Chivas were averaging 1.24 million viewers per match exclusively on Univision’s networks with 7 of their 10 matches drawing more than 1 million viewers.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017

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Viewership for NBC Universo’s coverage of Liga MX hit its peak for 2017 this past weekend as 284,000 watched Pachuca and Chivas play to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Prior to this match, Chivas were averaging 1.24 million viewers per match exclusively on Univision’s networks with 7 of their 10 matches drawing more than 1 million viewers.

NBC Sports’ Premier League talent invade England: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 22, we cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports,

• A preview of what to expect during NBC Sports’ journey to England this weekend,

• News about how Twitter wants to disrupt online streaming of soccer and other sports,

• The latest TV ratings from Die Klassiker and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

NBC Sports’ Premier League talent invade England: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 22, we cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports,

• A preview of what to expect during NBC Sports’ journey to England this weekend,

• News about how Twitter wants to disrupt online streaming of soccer and other sports,

• The latest TV ratings from Die Klassiker and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017

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It was a down week overall for soccer TV viewing in this country last week. Total Liga MX viewership was down almost 27% compared to the previous week while total viewership of the Premier League was down 20%.

Saturday afternoon produced the least-watched Premier League match on NBC since November 19, 2016.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 31-April 2, 2017

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It was a down week overall for soccer TV viewing in this country last week. Total Liga MX viewership was down almost 27% compared to the previous week while total viewership of the Premier League was down 20%.

Saturday afternoon produced the least-watched Premier League match on NBC since November 19, 2016.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 13-19, 2017

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Liga MX returned to the top of the most-viewed soccer on US TV charts this week by drawing more than 1 million viewers in three consecutive windows. Starting on Saturday March 18 at 9pm ET with 1.083 million watching a Liga MX match on Univision’s networks, the viewing figure grew to 1.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 13-19, 2017

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Liga MX returned to the top of the most-viewed soccer on US TV charts this week by drawing more than 1 million viewers in three consecutive windows. Starting on Saturday March 18 at 9pm ET with 1.083 million watching a Liga MX match on Univision’s networks, the viewing figure grew to 1.

NBC Sports scores more than 1 million viewers for Man City-Liverpool game

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Sunday’s Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool averaged 1.022 million viewers on the NBC over-the-air network.

The 1-1 draw was shown live on NBC network television from 12:30 to 2:30pm ET. The later than usual kickoff time for a high profile Premier League game on a Sunday was a result of the US moving to Daylight Saving Time last week, while the UK doesn’t recognize DST until March 26.

NBC Sports scores more than 1 million viewers for Man City-Liverpool game

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Sunday’s Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool averaged 1.022 million viewers on the NBC over-the-air network.

The 1-1 draw was shown live on NBC network television from 12:30 to 2:30pm ET. The later than usual kickoff time for a high profile Premier League game on a Sunday was a result of the US moving to Daylight Saving Time last week, while the UK doesn’t recognize DST until March 26.

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Debut NWSL game on Lifetime scores less than 100,000 viewers

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The first-ever NWSL game televised on Lifetime averaged 82,000 viewers this past Saturday for the game between Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride.

To put that into context, it’s the third best viewing number for a televised NWSL opening game in the past five years. In 2014, ESPN2’s broadcast had 177,000 viewers.

Debut NWSL game on Lifetime scores less than 100,000 viewers

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The first-ever NWSL game televised on Lifetime averaged 82,000 viewers this past Saturday for the game between Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride.

To put that into context, it’s the third best viewing number for a televised NWSL opening game in the past five years. In 2014, ESPN2’s broadcast had 177,000 viewers.

Major League Soccer

Crystal Palace-Leicester viewing number beats Orlando-LA Galaxy MLS game on FOX

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The viewing number for MLS’ first over-the-air broadcast on English-language television in 2017 is in, and the news isn’t good.

In previous years, whenever Premier League TV ratings in the United States have beaten MLS viewing numbers for games played during the same weekend, MLS apologists have insisted it was due to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or another big Premier League club being featured.

Crystal Palace-Leicester viewing number beats Orlando-LA Galaxy MLS game on FOX

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The viewing number for MLS’ first over-the-air broadcast on English-language television in 2017 is in, and the news isn’t good.

In previous years, whenever Premier League TV ratings in the United States have beaten MLS viewing numbers for games played during the same weekend, MLS apologists have insisted it was due to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or another big Premier League club being featured.

MLS TV ratings down 8% compared to last season

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The average MLS TV viewing audience for the 2017 season is down 8% compared to last season, according to data aggregated by Sports TV Ratings and World Soccer Talk.

For the 2017 season through April 3, which totals 15 games, MLS is averaging 261,667 viewers compared to 284,842 after 11 games during the same time period at the beginning of the 2016 season.

MLS opener between Portland-Minnesota scores disappointing TV ratings on FS1

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The opening game of the 2017 MLS season between Portland Timbers and Minnesota United scored a disappointing viewing audience of 235,000 across FS1 and FOX Deportes combined, according to Sports TV Ratings.

The game ended in a 5-1 scoreline to the Timbers on a rainy night in Oregon.

MLS opener between Portland-Minnesota scores disappointing TV ratings on FS1

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The opening game of the 2017 MLS season between Portland Timbers and Minnesota United scored a disappointing viewing audience of 235,000 across FS1 and FOX Deportes combined, according to Sports TV Ratings.

The game ended in a 5-1 scoreline to the Timbers on a rainy night in Oregon.

beIN Sports

La Liga sees 16% percent increase in viewership on beIN SPORTS en Español

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Viewership of La Liga games on beIN SPORTS en Español in the United States grew 16% year-over-year.

The Spanish-language network has seen tremendous growth in La Liga viewership including 627,000 who watched the Barcelona-Valencia game on March 19 across both the beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español networks.

La Liga sees 16% percent increase in viewership on beIN SPORTS en Español

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Viewership of La Liga games on beIN SPORTS en Español in the United States grew 16% year-over-year.

The Spanish-language network has seen tremendous growth in La Liga viewership including 627,000 who watched the Barcelona-Valencia game on March 19 across both the beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español networks.

Telemundo and Universo net 1.41 million viewers for Panama-USA World Cup qualifier

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Tuesday’s broadcast of the Panama-USA game netted 1.41 million viewers across Telemundo and Universo combined, which ranked as the most watched show in Spanish-language television in its time period among Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Boston.

The game averaged 257,000 on Universo (formerly known as NBC Universo) as well as 1,153,000 on Telemundo for the combined 1.

Telemundo and Universo net 1.41 million viewers for Panama-USA World Cup qualifier

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Tuesday’s broadcast of the Panama-USA game netted 1.41 million viewers across Telemundo and Universo combined, which ranked as the most watched show in Spanish-language television in its time period among Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Boston.

The game averaged 257,000 on Universo (formerly known as NBC Universo) as well as 1,153,000 on Telemundo for the combined 1.

Two La Liga games on beIN SPORTS surpass 500,000 viewers last Sunday

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Last Sunday’s La Liga games between Atletico Madrid-Barcelona and Villarreal-Real Madrid both surpassed 500,000 viewers in the games that were shown across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español in the United States.

Out of the two matches, the game that had the most viewers was the pulsating game between Villarreal and Real Madrid with 612,000 viewers in total.

Two La Liga games on beIN SPORTS surpass 500,000 viewers last Sunday

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Last Sunday’s La Liga games between Atletico Madrid-Barcelona and Villarreal-Real Madrid both surpassed 500,000 viewers in the games that were shown across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español in the United States.

Out of the two matches, the game that had the most viewers was the pulsating game between Villarreal and Real Madrid with 612,000 viewers in total.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 31-February 6, 2017

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Juventus’ 1-0 defeat of Inter Milan has joined September 25’s match between Fiorentina and AC Milan as the only two Serie A matches to average an audience larger than 100,000 viewers this season. This is due in large part to severe weather in the city of Vigo leading to a postponement of Celta Vigo’s league match against Real Madrid.

United States

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017

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The World Cup qualifiers involving Mexico and the United States unsurprisingly topped the ratings charts for FIFA’s March international window. All four matches involving those nations averaged more than 1.6 million viewers, with each peaking on Friday, March 24. The United States’ 6-0 dismantling of Honduras provided FS1 with its largest soccer audience of 2017 while Mexico’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica topped the February 18 Mexican Super Clásico to become the most-watched soccer match so far this year.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 23-28, 2017

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The World Cup qualifiers involving Mexico and the United States unsurprisingly topped the ratings charts for FIFA’s March international window. All four matches involving those nations averaged more than 1.6 million viewers, with each peaking on Friday, March 24. The United States’ 6-0 dismantling of Honduras provided FS1 with its largest soccer audience of 2017 while Mexico’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica topped the February 18 Mexican Super Clásico to become the most-watched soccer match so far this year.

Univision

USA-Honduras game scores 1.6 million viewers on Univision

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Univision’s broadcast of the World Cup qualifier between the US Men’s National Team and Honduras on Friday night averaged 1.62 million viewers across Univision, Univision Deportes and UniMas.

The broadcast featured a 6-0 win by the United States, which was televised live from Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

USA-Honduras game scores 1.6 million viewers on Univision

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Univision’s broadcast of the World Cup qualifier between the US Men’s National Team and Honduras on Friday night averaged 1.62 million viewers across Univision, Univision Deportes and UniMas.

The broadcast featured a 6-0 win by the United States, which was televised live from Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 7-12, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday again saw huge viewership increases on ESPN2 and FS1 when compared to last season. Minnesota United’s snowy home opener against fellow expansion side Atlanta United was watched by 278,000 viewers on ESPN2, up 41% from 197,000 for New York City FC’s home opener in 2016, also on ESPN2.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 7-12, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday again saw huge viewership increases on ESPN2 and FS1 when compared to last season. Minnesota United’s snowy home opener against fellow expansion side Atlanta United was watched by 278,000 viewers on ESPN2, up 41% from 197,000 for New York City FC’s home opener in 2016, also on ESPN2.

2.4 million soccer fans watched Chivas-Club America Súper Clásico on Univision

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Last weekend’s Súper Clásico between Chivas and Club America was the most-watched soccer game on any network in 2017, averaging 2.4 million total viewers.

The 2.4 million number exceeded the 1.92 million number that watched the Super Clasico in September, 2017

The broadcast on Univision Deportes featured longtime rivals América and Chivas aired Saturday at 10:00 p.

2.4 million soccer fans watched Chivas-Club America Súper Clásico on Univision

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Last weekend’s Súper Clásico between Chivas and Club America was the most-watched soccer game on any network in 2017, averaging 2.4 million total viewers.

The 2.4 million number exceeded the 1.92 million number that watched the Super Clasico in September, 2017

The broadcast on Univision Deportes featured longtime rivals América and Chivas aired Saturday at 10:00 p.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 7-13, 2017

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Mexico’s 1-0 win against Iceland last week was the second most-watched friendly in the United States in the past 12 months. The broadcast fell just 40,000 viewers short of last October’s 1.6 million for the match between Mexico and New Zealand in Nashville, Tennessee. The United States also played New Zealand three days later in front of a TV audience of over 1.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 7-13, 2017

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Mexico’s 1-0 win against Iceland last week was the second most-watched friendly in the United States in the past 12 months. The broadcast fell just 40,000 viewers short of last October’s 1.6 million for the match between Mexico and New Zealand in Nashville, Tennessee. The United States also played New Zealand three days later in front of a TV audience of over 1.

Liga MX

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017

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Liga MX had two matches surpass 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017 as 1.077 million watched Tigres and Morelia play to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Following that, Club América defeated Cruz Azul 2-0 in front of 1.675 million viewers, the third largest audience for a Liga MX match this season and the sixth to average more than 1.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 21-26, 2017

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Liga MX had two matches surpass 1 million viewers for the sixth time in 2017 as 1.077 million watched Tigres and Morelia play to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Following that, Club América defeated Cruz Azul 2-0 in front of 1.675 million viewers, the third largest audience for a Liga MX match this season and the sixth to average more than 1.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 14-20, 2017

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El Súper Clásico between Chivas and América drew 2.433 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, making it the most-watched regular season Liga MX match since the two clubs met on August 27, 2016 in front of 1.92 million. In addition, the English-language stream on Facebook Live drew 26,000 viewers.

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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 28-March 6, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday made its return to ESPN and FS1 last week with both seeing big improvements over the first Soccer Sunday of 2016. Viewership on ESPN was up nearly 14% for Orlando-NYCFC when compared to last season’s Portland-Columbus rematch. FS1’s decision to air Atlanta’s opening match against the New York Red Bulls in primetime proved fruitful as the network saw viewership rise 40% from 267,000 in 2016 to 375,000 in 2017.