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Most-watched soccer games on U.S. TV: April 20-26

Most-watched soccer games on U.S. TV: April 20-26

April 28, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
Two Premier League games and a Major League Soccer clash topped soccer viewership on U.S. TV from Tuesday, April 20 through Monday, April 26.

NBC screened a Premier League marquee matchup between West Ham United and Chelsea on Saturday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Blues came out on top 1-0 after 90 minutes, edging them closer to a UEFA Champions League spot finish. The game ended up being the most-watched game of the week in the USA, receiving a 0.48 viewership rating after 866,000 people watched tuned in.

The second most-watched game of the week was an MLS Western Conference clash between Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders on ESPN. The match ended in a one-all draw with goals from LAFC's Eduard Atuesta and Sounders' Brad Smith. The broadcast attracted 498,000 viewers and received a 0.28 rating.

A Premier League game between Manchester United and Leeds United on NBC Sports Network landed a spot on the podium. The game took place at Elland Road on Sunday and it ended in a goalless draw. A total of 434,000 people watched the broadcast, which scored a 0.26 viewership rating.

 
 
 
 
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NBCSN also screened three other Premier League games last week. In total, the viewership from all four games adds up to 974,000.

TUDN screened nine matches from Friday, April 23 through Monday, April 26. A Liga MX game between Club America and Cruz Azul made it to Showbuzzdaily's top 150 cable originals and network finals last week. Club America overtook Cruz Azul in the Liga MX Femenil table after a 2-1 win on Sunday. A total of 77,000 people watched the game. 

The Spanish-language channel's most successful broadcast last week was a Liga MX game between Mazatlan and Leon. Around 391,000 people watched Mazlatan take down reigning champions Leon 4-3. The game received a 0.17 viewership rating. Four other games had more than 300,000 viewers, including Atlas 0-1 Chivas and Tigres UANL 2-1 Monterrey on Saturday, and Queretaro 1-0 Juarez and Toluca 3-1 Club America on Sunday. All in all, viewership totals for the nine broadcasts reached 2,547,000. 

Liga de Honduras made a guest appearance on FOX Deportes on Wednesday. FOX Deportes screened Marathon 3-2 Real de Minas and Vida 1-1 Motagua, bringing in a combined 191,000 viewers. Also, the Spanish-language channel broadcasted two Liga MX games – Monterrey 1-2 Chivas and Club Tijuana 1-0 Necaxa. 

Two other MLS matches made it to Showbuzzdaily's top 150 cable originals and network finals last week. FOX Sports screened a one-all draw between Sporting KC and Orlando City SC and Chicharito's hattrick that helped LA Galaxy defeat NY Red Bulls 3-2. Both games added up to 309,000 viewers.

NBC 

Saturday, April 23 

Premier League: West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea at 12:30 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.48
  • Average viewership: 866,000 

ESPN

Saturday, April 24

MLS: LAFC 1-1 Seattle Sounders at 6:07 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.28
  • Average viewership: 498,000

NBCSN  

Wednesday, April 21 

Premier League: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City at 3 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.13
  • Average viewership: 212,000  

Friday, April 23 

Premier League: Arsenal 0-1 Everton at 2:52 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.13 
  • Average viewership: 209,000 

Sunday, April 25

Premier League: Wolverhampton 0-4 Burnley at 7 a.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.04
  • Average viewership: 119,000

Premier League: Leeds 0-0 Manchester United at 9 a.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.26
  • Average viewership: 434,000

TUDN 

Friday, April 23 

Liga MX: Puebla 0-0 Pumas UNAM at 8 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.09 
  • Average viewership: 227,000 

Liga MX: Mazatlan 4-3 Leon at 10:31 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.17 
  • Average viewership: 391,000 

Saturday, April 24

Liga MX: Cruz Azul 3-2 Atletico San Luis at 5:55 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.07
  • Average viewership: 212,000

Liga MX: Atlas 0-1 Chivas Guadalajara at 7:55 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.16
  • Average viewership: 384,000

Liga MX: Tigres UANL 2-1 Monterrey at 10:05 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.17
  • Average viewership: 382,000

Sunday, April 25

Liga MX Femenil: Club America 2-1 Cruz Azul at 12:55 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.04
  • Average viewership: 77,000

Liga MX: Toluca 3-1 Club America at 6 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.11
  • Average viewership: 307,000

Liga MX: Queretaro 1-0 Juarez at 8:30 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.15
  • Average viewership: 390,000

Monday, April 26

Liga MX: Pachuca 1-0 Santos Laguna at 9:30 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.06
  • Average viewership: 177,000

FOX Deportes 

Wednesday, April 21 

Liga de Honduras: Marathon 3-2 Real de Minas at 5 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.04 
  • Average viewership: 61,000 

Liga de Honduras: Vida 1-1 Motagua at 7:06 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.05 
  • Average viewership: 130,000 

Liga MX: Monterrey 1-2 Chivas Guadalajara at 9:52 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.11 
  • Average viewership: 261,000 

Friday, April 23 

Liga MX: Club Tijuana 1-0 Necaxa at 9:56 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.06 
  • Average viewership: 113,000  

BeIN Sport Español 

Saturday, April 24

La Liga Santander: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Betis at 2:52 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.07
  • Average viewership: 160,000

Sunday, April 25

La Liga Santander: Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona at 10:05 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.06
  • Average viewership: 156,000

La Liga Santander: Athletic Club 2-1 Atletico Madrid at 2:51 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.05
  • Average viewership: 134,000

FOX Sports 1 

Friday, April 23 

MLS: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Orlando City SC at 7:30 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.07 
  • Average viewership: 153,000

Sunday, April 25

MLS: LA Galaxy 3-2 NY Red Bulls at 5:34 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.06
  • Average viewership: 156,000

Projected top 3 audience games on U.S. TV: April 27- May 3


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