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World Soccer Talk: Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 7, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

By: Collin Werner

The latest edition of the Mexican Súper Clásico featuring the nation’s two largest clubs Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América drew 1.677 million viewers on the evening of Sunday, September 30. It ranks as the fifth most-watched club football match in the United States in 2018 with the two clubs’ meeting in March on top at 2.485 million viewers. The match was also down nearly 13% from both the 2016 and 2017 Apertura meetings between the clubs.

Univision is seeing great success with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Viewership of the group stage en Español is up 84% from last season’s coverage on FOX Deportes and ESPN Deportes. Univision’s coverage of Wednesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona drew 662,000 viewers, down slightly from 672,000 viewers for Liverpool-PSG in matchweek 1.

Major League Soccer broadcasts on ESPN have seen a sharp decrease in viewership since the start of the NFL season. The league is averaging just 204,750 viewers since the start of September. The league was averaging 271,412 viewers on the network prior to the All-Star break early in August. FOX Sports 1 has seen a similar decline in viewership with just one match since the All-Star break averaging more than 200,000 viewers on the network.

Source: World Soccer Talk

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