The first NWSL game on new network partner Lifetime -- Portland-Orlando -- averaged 82,000 viewers. The pregame show averaged more: 131,000. The lead-in for the NWSL coverage was the movie "Two Weeks
Notice," which averaged 237,000. (h/t: sportstvratings.com
) NWSL TV Viewers (First
82K (Lifetime, April 15) 2016
: 65K (FS1, Aug. 30) 2015:
91K (FS1, Aug. 9) 2014:
(ESPN2, July 20) 2013:
63K (Fox Soccer, July 14)
The NWSL will have 22 regular-season games air on Lifetime. The NWSL Game of the Week will air every Saturday
beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute pregame show leading up to kickoff at 3 p.m. ET. Lifetime will also air all three postseason games.
The exclusive streaming partner in the
United States will be go90, which will air all other 98 regular-season games.