Press Ratings Bulletin

Univision Deportes Scores with Record-Breaking Viewership for UEFA Champions League Semifinals

By Univision PR Team

May 15, 2019

Final Four Featuring Liverpool-Barcelona and Ajax-Tottenham Becomes Most-Watched UEFA Champions League Semis in U.S. Television History, Regardless of Language


Barcelona vs. Liverpool Rivalry Delivers Top Two All-Time Performances for Semifinal Round Among Total Viewers 2+, Regardless of Language

MIAMI – MAY 15, 2019 – Univision Deportes continues to show why it’s the undisputed Home of Soccer in the U.S. with record-breaking telecasts of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) semifinal round. The four matches, simulcast on Univision Network and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), delivered an average of 705,000 Total Viewers 2+, attracting the largest audience ever for a UCL semifinal round, regardless of television network or language. The performance marked the first time Spanish-language telecasts of the semifinals out-performed the English-language telecasts among Total Viewers 2+ (+18%) since 2013.

The semis were highlighted by the thrilling FC Barcelona-Liverpool FC matchup, which delivered the top two most-watched UCL semifinal contests of all-time in Total Viewers 2+. Airing Tuesday, May 7, the second and decisive leg was the most-watched UCL semifinal contest in U.S. television history – on any network and in any language – averaging 797,000 Total Viewers 2+ on Univision and UDN.  The delivery bested TNT’s broadcast of the match by +12% among Total Viewers 2+. Meanwhile, Liverpool-Barcelona’s semifinal match on Wednesday, May 1 averaged 789,000 Total Viewers 2+ on Univision and UDN, +16% over TNT’s telecast.

Date               Matchup                                            Total Viewers 2+     Adults 18-49 

4/30                Tottenham vs AFC Ajax                  612,000                      331,000

5/1                   Barcelona vs Liverpool                   789,000                      377,000

5/7                   Liverpool vs Barcelona                   797,000                      394,000

5/8                   AFC Ajax vs Tottenham                  626,000                      289,000


Tottenham and Liverpool will face off on June 1 in the UEFA Champions League final.


Source: Nielsen, NPM, NPMH, L+SD data

CONTACT: Kevin Sornatale (212) 455-5259



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