Most-watched soccer games on U.S. TV: Sept. 15-21

TUDN's broadcast of Liga MX's game between Club America and Chivas Guadalajara ranked 8th on Showbuzzdaily's top 150 Saturday cable originals and network finals. The game, which Club America won 1-0, drew a total of 663,000 viewers and received a 0.28 viewership rating. Moreover, TUDN performed better than the other four channels that screened soccer games from Sept. 15 through Sept. 21, drawing a total of 1,435,000 viewers over five games and an average of 287,000 viewers per broadcast. 

CBS and the National Women's Soccer League continue to thrive, gathering large audiences in the United States. Saturday's North Carolina Courage and Orlando City game averaged 495,000 viewers through CBS, making it the third most-watched game in league history behind the Challenge Cup opener and final. Furthermore, the game received acquired a jaw-dropping 0.22 viewership rating.

The English Premier League had two games available on NBC Sports Network and the remaining eight on NBC's streaming platform, Peacock. As a result, the number of total viewers was lower than usual at 704,000. However, the broadcasts averaged 352,000 viewers, which was the highest average when comparing it with the only other channel that screened more than one game – TUDN. Saturday's game featuring West Ham and Arsenal was the third most-viewed match of the week with 494,000 average viewers and a strong 0.24 viewership rating. 

The remaining two matches that made Showbuzzdaily's top 150 daily cable originals and network finals from Sept. 15 through Sept. 21 were televised by ESPN and FOX Sports 1. Friday's Bundesliga game that saw Bayern defeat Schalke 04 8-0 transmitted by ESPN received a 0.9 viewership rating and drew a crowd of 204,000. The reason why the game did not get more views is simply that it started during work hours on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. And the game that had the lowest average viewers – 131,000 – and a viewership rating at 0.07 was Major League Soccer's game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers through FOX Sports 1.

TUDN – 5 games – Total viewers: – Average viewers: 

Friday, Sept. 18 

Liga MX: Necaxa 0-1 Puebla at 8 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.06 
  • Total viewers: 164,000 

Liga MX: Mazatlan 2-3 Cruz Azul at 10:27 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.10 
  • Total viewers: 266,000 

Saturday, Sept. 19 

Liga MX: Atlas 0-1 Pachuca at 5:55 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.08 
  • Total viewers: 193,000 

Liga MX: Club America 1-0 Chivas Guadalajara at 9:54 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.28 
  • Total viewers: 663,000 

Sunday, Sept. 20 

Liga MX: Club Atletico San Luis 1-2 Monterrey at 7:55 p.m. ET

  • Viewership rating: 0.05 
  • Total viewers: 149,000 

NBCSN – 2 games – Total viewers: 704,000 – Average viewers: 352,000

Saturday, Sept. 19 

Premier League: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal at 2:57 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.24 
  • Total viewers: 494,000 

Sunday, Sept. 20 

Premier League: Burnley 2-4 Leicester City at 2 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.12 
  • Total viewers: 210,000 

CBS – 1 game – Total viewers: 495,000

Saturday, Sept. 19 

NWSL: Orlando Pride 0-0 North Carolina Courage at 1 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.26 
  • Total viewers: 495,000 

ESPN – 1 game – Total viewers: 204,000

Friday, Sept. 18 

Bundesliga: Schalke 0-8 Bayern Munich at 2:25 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.10 
  • Total viewers: 204,000 

Fox Sports 1 – 1 game – Total viewers: 131,000

Wednesday, Sept. 16 

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Portland Timbers at 9:30 p.m. ET 

  • Viewership rating: 0.07 
  • Total viewers: 131,000 

Projected top-3 audience games Sept. 22-28 

Manchester City vs Leicester City Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 27 September 11:30am ET / 4:30pm BST / 5:30pm CET
Stadium: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Australia: Optus Sport
Canada: DAZN
France: Free, RMC Sport en direct, Canal+ Sport, RMC Sport 1
Germany: Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Go, Sky Sport UHD
India: Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select HD2, Hotstar VIP
Indonesia:, Mola TV App
Malaysia: Astro Go, Astro SuperSport 3
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport 14, Ziggo Sport Select
Nigeria: SuperSport Maximo, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League Nigeria
Portugal: Sport TV2, Sport TV LIVE
United Kingdom: BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Ultra HD, BBC Radio Manchester, NOW TV, BBC Radio, SKY GO Extra, Sky Go UK
United States: NBC Sports App, SiriusXM FC, NBCSN, fuboTV, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo,

Cruz Azul vs América Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 27 September 9:45pm ET / 2:45am BST / 3:45am CET
Stadium: Estadio Azteca (Ciudad de México (D.F.))
Canada: OneSoccer
United States: TUDN App, Univision NOW, fuboTV, TUDN USA,, Univision

West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 26 September 12:30pm ET / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CET
Stadium: The Hawthorns (West Bromwich)
Australia: Optus Sport
Canada: DAZN
France: Free, RMC Sport 1, RMC Sport en direct, Canal+ France
Germany: Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Go
India: Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Select HD2, Star Sports Select 2
Indonesia:, Mola TV App
Malaysia: Astro SuperSport 3, Astro Go
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, SuperSport Maximo
Portugal: Sport TV LIVE, Sport TV2
United Kingdom: Sky Ultra HD, NOW TV, Sky Go UK, TalkSport Radio UK, Sky Sports Premier League, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Main Event
United States: NBC, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo,, UNIVERSO, fuboTV, NBC Sports App

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