TV Report: MLS Cup 2014 draws almost 1.9 million viewers

Sunday's MLS Cup between the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution drew 1,887,000 viewers on ESPN, UniMas and UDN, an increase of more than 85 percent than the English- and Spanish-language viewers for the 2013 final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.

The viewership was up 91 percent on ESPN but from an all-time low in 2013. Last year was the first time the Spanish-language audience on UniMas was higher than that on ESPN. This year, ESPN outdrew UniMas by 286,000 viewers. The game was also shown on UDN, Univision's all-sports network.

MLS Cup Viewers (English-language)
2014: 964,000 (ESPN)
2013: 505,000 (ESPN)
2012: 797,000 (ESPN)
2011: 1,039,000 (ESPN)
2010: 748,000 (ESPN)
2009: 1,141,000 (ESPN)
2008: 907,000 (ABC)
2007: 1,097,000 (ABC)
2006: 1,245,000 (ABC)
2005: 1,137,000 (ABC)
2004: n/a (ABC)
2003: 876,000 (ABC)
2002: 1,169,000 (ABC)

MLS Cup Viewers (Spanish-language)
2014: 923,000 (UniMas: 678,000; UDN: 245,000)
2013: 514,000 (UniMas)
2012: 485,000 (*TeleFutura)
2011: 307,000(Galavision)
2010: 232,000 (Galavision)
*Rebranded UniMas in 2013.
11 comments about "TV Report: MLS Cup 2014 draws almost 1.9 million viewers".
  1. Clayton Davis, December 10, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.

    Good news for MLS!

  2. Kevin Jones, December 10, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

    No one cares bout this mickey mouse league

  3. Vic Flegel, December 10, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.

    I care about this league!

  4. Reuben Valles, December 10, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

    I care about the league

  5. Kenneth Cabral, December 10, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

    KJ If you have nothing positive to say just keep your biases to yourself.

  6. John Soares, December 10, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

    I care about this league.
    If you don't why are you here!?

  7. Guilmar Lopez, December 10, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.

    I have seen better games in MLS than Spanish or EPL league and. The difference is that they pay much better in Europe but the quality no much different.

  8. Zoe Willet, December 10, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

    I care as well! And I believe that you do too, Kevin, or else you wouldn't be here reading about it- so there!

  9. Mike Jacome, December 10, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

    Back to the topic, Is it this year the all time best ever TV rating for a MLS cup final, combining English and Spanish broadcast? It sure seems to me comparing with past years although the article makes no mention of that.

  10. beautiful game, December 11, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

    Too many cameras on the pitch bouncing back and forth. Having to watch the backs of players or coaches is boring.

  11. Noe Bastidas, December 12, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.

    Anyone pick up on the growth of the Spanish vs. English-language viewers? English appears flat over 13 years with a slight decline since a 2006 peak. Spanish appears to be steadily growing. Wonder if the MLS is starting to understand that its growth is tied to the Spanish-speaking American community? Thoughts?

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