Re: Apertura 2006 TV schedule As posted on soccerTV.com: Club America-Chivas Guadalajara on Univision drew highest U.S. TV viewership for a professional club soccer match in 12 years ----------------------------------------------------------- The 2nd Leg of the Mexican First Division "Torneo Apertura" semifinal series between Club America of Mexico City and Chivas Guadalajara recorded the highest U.S. television viewership for a professional club soccer match (a soccer match NOT involving national teams) in the past 12 years, according to data collected by Nielsen Media Research as part of the Nielsen Television Index (NTI) national general market television rating system. The Club America-Chivas Guadalajara match, dubbed the "superclasico" because the match pits the two biggest professional soccer clubs in Mexico, drew 2.048 million U.S. TV households (1.8% rating), and 3.956 million U.S. TV viewers age 2 and over when it aired live in the U.S. on Univision on Sunday December 10 at 9pm Eastern Time/6pm Pacific Time. Not only did the viewership of the "superclasico" surpass the viewership of any other professional club soccer match on US television (including both Major League Soccer and the Mexican First Division) in the past 12 years, the US TV viewership of the match surpassed the US TV viewership of every National Hockey League (NHL) telecast on both NBC Sports and OLN (now Versus) during the 2005-2006 NHL season with the exception of Games 3-7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final series on NBC Sports. The viewership of the "superclasico" serves as a reminder of the effect of immigration of Mexicans to the U.S. primarily in search of economic opportunities, and also serves as a reminder to Major League Soccer (MLS) officials how much work the 11-year-old MLS still has left to do in order to catch up to the Mexican First Division as the most popular televised professional club soccer entertainment product in the U.S. The defunct North American Soccer League (NASL), which folded in 1984, averaged about 2 million households on ABC Sports during the 1979 season, before the launch of cable sports TV powerhouse ESPN.