Soccer on U.S. TV October 2019
Mike Koeshartanto


The rate at which 2019 is approaching its end is alarming – thankfully, we’ve got plenty of soccer to provide comfort. What happened in October, you ask? Well, October 27th provided viewers with the twenty-first sports equinox in history, meaning the traditional big four professional leagues each had games on the day. Not to be outdone, soccer provided fans with over twenty games on the 27th – the highest single day total in October.

In all, there were 276 games featuring over 300 teams broadcast on TV in October. Almost one-third of all broadcasts were on TUDN, which doubled up beIN SPORTS, the network with the second-most broadcasts of the month.

From a competition standpoint, Liga MX finished atop the table of most broadcasts with La Liga just behind. Given that statistic it’s no surprise Veracruz (7) and Sevilla (6) had the most TV appearances.

From a viewership perspective, teams from Mexico made up 60% of the ten most-watched games of the month. The dream scenario first-ever playoff edition of El Trafico saw huge ratings for MLS with nearly 900,000 viewers.

Soccer on TV - October 2019

Most-watched games

  1. Cruz Azul vs. Club América | Univision | 1,300,000
  2. Mexico vs. Panama | UniMas | 1,300,000
  3. Liverpool vs. Tottenham | NBC / Telemundo | 1,251,000
  4. Bermuda vs. Mexico | UniMas | 1,100,000
  5. Necaxa vs. Club América | Univision | 1,100,000
  6. Manchester United vs. Liverpool | NBCSN / Telemundo | 977,000
  7. Los Angeles FC vs. LA Galaxy | ESPN / ESPN Deportes | 871,000
  8. Club América vs. Puebla | Univision | 866,000
  9. Tigres vs. Cruz Azul | Univision | 854,000
  10. Canada vs. USMNT | ESPN2 / UniMas | 817,000

As always, thank you to World Soccer Talk and Live Soccer TV for the assistance with daily data collection.

Categories: Television Ratings