Most-watched soccer games
Mike Koeshartanto

Most-Watched Soccer Games

In addition to our monthly Soccer on TV recaps, we’re now tracking the most-watched soccer broadcasts per week. From the Premier League to Liga MX and NWSL to La Liga, check in periodically to see what leagues and teams soccer fans are tuning into weekly.

In 2020 there were over 2,000 games broadcast on U.S. TV networks despite the global pandemic and shifted league calendars. Whether you watched a game on ESPN, TUDN, beIN SPORTS, or Galavision, your viewership help contribute to the attention on the sport. What does 2021 have in store?

Most-watched soccer games in 2021

Week 1: Jan. 1st – Jan. 7th

With the 2021 Liga MX Clausura not beginning until January 7th, the European leagues, especially the Premier League, garnered the most viewers in the first week of 2020.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/3Premier LeagueMan CityChelseaNBCSN680
1/1Premier LeagueAston VillaMan UnitedNBCSN603
1/1Premier LeagueWest HamEvertonNBCSN415
1/2Premier LeagueSheffieldCrystal PalaceNBCSN385
1/4Premier LeagueLiverpoolSouthamptonNBCSN378
1/3Premier LeagueLeicester CityNewcastleNBCSN353
1/2Premier LeagueLeedsTottenhamNBCSN247
1/3La LigaHuescaBarcelonabeIN SPORTS Español136
1/2La LigaReal MadridCelta de VigobeIN SPORTS Español125
1/6La LigaBilbaoBarcelonabeIN SPORTS Español105

Week 2: Jan. 8th – Jan. 14th

The Liga MX Clausura began an accounted for 60 percent of the ten most-watched games.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/9Liga MXClub AmericaSan LuisTUDN390
1/8Liga MXPueblaChivasTUDN373
1/9Liga MXTigresLeonTUDN309
1/10Liga MXSantos LagunaCruz AzulFox Deportes307
1/12Premier LeagueMan UnitedBurnleyNBCSN277
1/13Premier LeagueFulhamTottenhamNBCSN270
1/8Liga MXMazatlanNecaxaTUDN245
1/14Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceArsenalNBCSN228
1/13Premier LeagueBrightonMan CityNBCSN171
1/11Liga MXPachucaJuarezTUDN162

Week 3: Jan. 15th – Jan. 21st

The U.S. Women’s National Team played their first game of 2021 and it accounted for nearly 400,000 viewers on Fox Sports 1.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/16Liga MXMonterreyClub AmericaFox Deportes657
1/17Premier LeagueTottenhamSheffieldNBCSN403
1/18International FriendlyUSA WomenColombia WomenFox Sports 1396
1/18Premier LeagueNewcastleArsenalNBCSN361
1/17Super CopaBarcelonaBilbaoESPN345
1/16Premier LeagueBrightonLeedsNBCSN319
1/19Premier LeagueChelseaLeicester CityNBCSN314
1/16Liga MXCruz AzulPueblaTUDN297
1/21Liga MXAtletico San LuisChivasTUDN295
1/15Liga MXJuarezTijuanaTUDN283

Week 4: Jan. 22nd – Jan. 28th

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s lovely strike for Tottenham wasn’t enough in their defeat against Liverpool on NBC Sports Network – the most-watched game of the week.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/28Premier LeagueLiverpoolTottenhamNBCSN426
1/22International FriendlyUSA WomenColombia WomenESPN2317
1/23Liga MXAtlasTigresTUDN289
1/27Premier LeagueSheffieldMan UnitedNBCSN281
1/22Liga MXMazatlanSantos LagunaTUDN265
1/28Liga MXTigresNecaxaTUDN263
1/22Liga MXPueblaTijuanaTUDN252
1/24Liga MXQueretaroPumasTUDN245
1/25Liga MXPachucaCruz AzulTUDN225
1/26Premier LeagueMan CityWest BromNBCSN161

Week 5: Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 7-goal domination of Trinidad on FS1 was the fourth most-viewed broadcast of this week.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/30Premier LeagueSheffield UnitedMan CityNBCSN431
1/31Liga MXSantos LagunaClub AmericaFOX Deportes407
1/29Liga MXMazatlanPachucaTUDN258
1/31Int'l FriendlyUSATrinidad & TobagoFS1258
1/30Liga MXCruz AzulQueretaroTUDN241
1/30Premier LeagueNewcastleEvertonNBCSN189
1/31La LigaBarcelonaAthletic BilbaobeIN Español188
1/30Liga MXTijuanaTolucaFOX Deportes141
1/31Liga MXTigresAtlasTUDN112
1/30Copa LibertadoresPalmeirasSantosbeIN Español111

Week 6: Feb. 5th to Feb. 11th

Manchester City widened their lead atop the Premier League standings after defeating Liverpool in the most-viewed broadcast of the week. Nearly 1 million viewers tuned into the NBC Sports Network for the game.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/7Premier LeagueMan CityLiverpoolNBCSN973
1/6Premier LeagueEvertonMan UnitedNBCSN592
1/7Premier LeagueLeicester CityWolverhamptonNBCSN449
1/6Liga MXClub AmericaPueblaTUDN426
1/6Premier LeagueSouthamptonNewcastleNBCSN415
1/7Club World CupPalmeirasTigresFOX Deportes372
1/11Club World CupBayern MunichTigresFOX Deportes344
1/8Liga MXLeonChivasTUDN304
1/6Premier LeagueArsenalAston VillaNBCSN238
1/7La LigaBetisBarcelonabeIN Español217

Week 7: Feb. 12th to Feb. 18th

Four different competitions feature among the most-viewed broadcasts of this week: Premier League, SheBelieves Cup, Liga MX, and the UEFA Champions League.

DateCompetitionTeamTeamNetworkViewers (000)
1/14Premier LeagueLeeds UnitedArsenalNBCSN594
1/18SheBelieves CupUSA WomenCanada WomenFS1498
1/14Premier LeagueMan UnitedWest BromNBCSN451
1/13Premier LeagueBurnleyCrystal PalaceNBCSN420
1/13Premier LeagueLiverpoolLeicester CityNBCSN364
1/15Premier LeagueNewcastleChelseaNBCSN323
1/14Liga MXSantosMonterreyFOX Deportes283
1/17Liga MXTigresCruz AzulTUDN283
1/13Liga MXClub AmericaQueretaroTUDN272

A big thank you to the folks at ShowBuzzDaily for amalgamating all of the daily TV ratings that allow us to showcase the games fans watch the most.

Categories: Broadcast, Research