The latest round of good news for the growth of U.S. soccer comes from the weekend’s TV and online viewership figures.
ESPN announced today that the 2017 season-opening match between Orlando City SC and New York City FC pulled in an average of 411,000 viewers per minute, which is a 14 percent increase from the 2016 opener.
TV ratings are often the biggest determining factor for the growth (and decline) of any sport. Major League Soccer still has a long way to go when competing against the other top U.S. sports leagues, but last weekend’s success is surely a step in the right direction.
Here are some of the other stats reported by ESPN:
- The telecast averaged 50,000 Hispanic viewers (P2+) on ESPN, up 95 percent
- Averaged 84,000 viewers among M18-34, up 50 percent;
- Delivered average audience of 160,000 among M18-49, a 23 percent increase vs. 2016
- Averaged 156,000 viewers among M25-54, up 16 percent.