The 34 Major League Soccer regular season matches televised on ABC and ESPN networks in 2022 delivered an average audience of 343,000 viewers (P2+), the networks announced on Wednesday.

According to Nielsen, the league’s 2022 season average across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes is up 16 percent from last year among P2+ (295,000).

The 2022 regular season audience is the best season of MLS on ABC and ESPN networks since 2007, which averaged 357,000 viewers.

MLS on ABC and ESPN networks was also up year-over-year in several young male and female demos, including in M2-11 (34 Percent), M12-17 (23 percent), and F2-11 (22 percent). The increases in young demos combined to place the median age for the 2022 MLS on ABC and ESPN networks audience at 47 – which is comparatively lower than many events on television. The key demos of P18-49 and M18-49 were equally up four percent, respectively.

Top-Five Matches in 2022:

Viewers (Networks)
July 30
Minnesota United vs. Portland Timbers
593,000 (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
August 6
Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders
591,000 (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
June 18
Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC
584,000 (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
June 11
Charlotte FC vs. New York Red Bulls
568,000 (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
June 26
LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls
511,000 (ABC, ESPN Deportes)

ABC and ESPN Present the MLS Cup Playoffs

ESPN’s coverage of MLS Cup Playoffs begins Sunday, Oct. 16, with an ABC-ESPN doubleheader: Austin FC vs. Real Salt Lake at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Deportes, followed by CF Montréal vs. Orlando City SC at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

ABC and ESPN will televise five MLS Cup Playoff games. Two matches will be on ABC, including the Western Conference final on Sunday, Oct. 30, and three on ESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise all five games in Spanish.