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In this regular feature we look at the most watched soccer matches in the U.S. over the past weekend, the networks that came out on top and other relevant insights.

Which match had the largest audience?

The most watched match was the match played between Stoke City and Chelsea, at the 29th round of the English Premier League, it was viewed by  an audience of 519,000 last Saturday.

Which broadcaster came out on top?

NBC Sports Network was the most watched sports network. The network broadcast’s English Premier League matches and had almost 2 million viewers. The second most watched network was BeInSports with approximately 770,000 viewers. BeinSports broadcast’s Spain’s popular La Liga.

What else is relevant?

Two Liga MX matches made it into the top 10. These matches were broadcast by Univision Deportes. Both matches, Tigres vs Cruz Azul and Puebla vs Monarcas, had a combined audience of 655,000 viewers.

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#ProgramEpisodeNetworkStartEndTotal Viewers (000)Viewers Age 18-49 (000)Day of the game
1PREMIER LEAGUE LCHELSEA/STOKENBC SPORTS NETWORK10:57 AM12:59 PM519302SAT
2LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LBARCELONA VS. VALENCIABEIN SPORT ESPANOL3:34 PM5:45 PM506293SUN
3PREMIER LEAGUE LSOUTHAMPTON/TOTTENHAMNBC SPORTS NETWORK10:08 AM12:21 PM478270SUN
4PREMIER LEAGUE LARSENAL/WEST BROMNBC SPORTS NETWORK8:24 AM10:30 AM392225SAT
5LIGA MX LTIGRES / CRUZ AZULUNIVISION DEPORTES6:54 PM9:00 PM362227SAT
6PREMIER LEAGUE LMANCHESTER UNITED/MIDDLESBROUGHNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:54 AM10:08 AM300159SUN
7LIGA MX LPUEBLA / MONARCASUNIVISION DEPORTES7:54 PM10:00 PM293177SUN
8PREMIER LEAGUE LSWANSEA/BOURNEMOUTHNBC SPORTS NETWORK1:27 PM3:32 PM279147SAT
9LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LATHLETIC VS. REAL MADRIDBEIN SPORT ESPANOL11:06 AM1:15 PM264151SAT
10MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER LSEATTLE SOUNDERS/NEW YORK RED BULLSFOX SPORTS 17:00 PM9:30 PM18490SUN

Source: SportsTVRatings.com (“All data ©Nielsen, provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen”)

What: Follow the weekend’s ratings through the live sports top 25 ranking! A quick look at what people watched over the last weekend. (A new regular weekly feature!)

Which sport won?

There is no doubt that basketball is among the most beloved sports in the U.S. Proof of this is the number live sports event of last weekend: the college game between Florida State and Notre Dame. Broadcasted by ESPN, 1.3 million viewers turned on their TV on Saturday to watch the game (check out table below).

What broadcaster won?

ESPN (including ESPNU and ESPN2) was the most watched broadcaster. During the weekend the network broadcast all college regular season games, which explains why it became the most tuned in network group.

Out of 13.7 million who watched the Top 25 live sports events last weekend, 10.5 million watched ESPN.

The NBC Sports Network was in second place, through the broadcast of the Premier League matches, (check out our Top 10 most viewed soccer matches feature). Over the weekend,  it had two million viewers, significantly less than ESPN.

What else is relevant?

Surprisingly, the only NHL game broadcast over the weekend, on Sunday, managed to make it into the list of top 10 most watched live sport events. Once again, we can’t forget hockey’s popularity in the U.S.

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#ProgramEpisodeNetworkStartEndTotal Viewers (000)Viewers Age 18-49 (000)Day of the game
1COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LFLORIDA STATE/NOTRE DAMEESPN6:07 p.m.8:04 p.m.1,341572Sat
2COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LGONZAGA/ST MARYS (CA)ESPN8:16 p.m.10:22 p.m.1,305397Sat
3COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LOHIO STATE/MARYLANDESPN4:05 p.m.6:07 p.m.1,106477Sat
4COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LKANSAS ST/WEST VIRGINIAESPN12:00 p.m.2:19 p.m.939421Sat
5COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LKANSAS STATE/TEXASESPN2:19 p.m.4:05 p.m.926383Sat
6UFC PPV PRELIMS L208:HOLM/DE RANDAMIEFOX SPORTS 18:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.874420Sat
7COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LVIRGINIA/VIRGINIA TECHESPNU6:30 p.m.9:08 p.m.536161Sun
8COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LLOUISVILLE/MIAMIESPN22:09 p.m.4:09 p.m.503187Sat
9COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LCINCINNATI/SMUESPN4:00 p.m.5:58 p.m.499211Sun
10NHL REGULAR SEASON LMONTREAL/BOSTONNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:32 p.m.10:21 p.m.495198Sun
11PREMIER LEAGUE LWATFORD/MANCHESTER UNITEDNBC SPORTS NETWORK9:57 a.m.11:57 a.m.481292Sat
12COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LTEXAS/OKLAHOMA STESPN24:09 p.m.6:04 p.m.432124Sat
13PREMIER LEAGUE LLEICESTER CITY/SWANSEANBC SPORTS NETWORK10:56 a.m.1:05 p.m.409200Sun
14PREMIER LEAGUE LCHELSEA/BURNLEYNBC SPORTS NETWORK8:23 a.m.10:27 a.m.391196Sun
15COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LCALIFORNIA/ARIZONAESPN210:11 p.m.12:18 a.m.387141Sat
16LIGA MXSANTOS / CRUZ AZULUNIVISION DEPORTES6:32 p.m.9:00 p.m.373228Sun
17LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LOSASUNA VS. REAL MADRIDBEIN SPORT ESPANOL2:35 p.m.4:47 p.m.341201Sat
18COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LOKLAHOMA / IOWA STESPN26:04 p.m.8:04 p.m.31991Sat
19NBA REGULAR SEASON LDETROIT/TORONTONBA-TV6:00 p.m.8:28 p.m.313142Sun
20LIGA MX LQUERETARO / LEONUNIVISION DEPORTES5:51 p.m.7:56 p.m.308201Sat
21MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR DARLINGTONFOX SPORTS 110:00 p.m.1:00 a.m.306151Sat
22COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LGAINESVILLE/TEXAS A&MESPN212:00 p.m.2:09 p.m.300112Sat
23COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LWASHINGTON ST/COLORADOESPNU9:08 p.m.10:30 p.m.299125Sun
24COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LSOUTH CAROLINA/MISSISSIPPI STATEESPN28:04 p.m.10:11 p.m.28282Sat
25PREMIER LEAGUE LHULL CITY/ARSENALNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:24 a.m.9:27 a.m.279132Sat

Source: SportsTVRatings.com (“All data ©Nielsen, provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen”)

What: In this new regular feature we analyze the most watched soccer matches over the last weekend. Here’s a quick look at the matches people watched the most, the networks who won and other relevant insights.

What match got the biggest audience?

The Premier League’s match between Watford and Manchester United was the most watched, it attracted 481 thousand viewers on Saturday (see table below).

Which broadcaster won?

NBC Sports Network, which broadcasts the Premier League was the most watched network. The network got more than 1.5 million viewers among the top 10 most broadcasted networks (check out the table below).

Univision Deportes was in second place through the Liga MX’ broadcast last weekend, attracting 948 thousand viewers. BeIn Sports Español, which owns La Liga’s broadcasting rights, came in third an dit attracted 737 thousand viewers.

What else is relevant?

Even though the Premier League, broadcasted in English, was the number one sports property,  Spanish-speaking broadcasts overall  were more watched, adding up 1.7 million viewers.

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#ProgramEpisodeNetworkStartEndTotal Viewers (000)Viewers Age 18-49 (000)Day of the game
1PREMIER LEAGUE LWATFORD/MANCHESTER UNITEDNBC SPORTS NETWORK9:57 a.m.11:57 a.m.481292Sat
2PREMIER LEAGUE LLEICESTER CITY/SWANSEANBC SPORTS NETWORK10:56 a.m.1:05 p.m.409200Sun
3PREMIER LEAGUE LCHELSEA/BURNLEYNBC SPORTS NETWORK8:23 a.m.10:27 a.m.391196Sun
4LIGA MXSANTOS / CRUZ AZULUNIVISION DEPORTES6:32 p.m.9:00 p.m.373228Sun
5LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LOSASUNA VS. REAL MADRIDBEIN SPORT ESPANOL2:35 p.m.4:47 p.m.341201Sat
6LIGA MX LQUERETARO / LEONUNIVISION DEPORTES5:51 p.m.7:56 p.m.308201Sat
7PREMIER LEAGUE LHULL CITY/ARSENALNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:24 a.m.9:27 a.m.279132Sat
8LIGA MX SATMONTERREY / UNAMUNIVISION DEPORTES7:56 p.m.9:55 p.m.267162Sat
9LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LALAVES VS. BARCELONABEIN SPORT ESPANOL10:05 a.m.12:15 p.m.248118Sat
10LALIGA SANTANDER-LATLETICO MADRID VS. CELTABEIN SPORT ESPANOL2:35 p.m.4:46 p.m.14880Sun

Source: SportsTVRatings.com (“All data ©Nielsen, provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen”)

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