Spoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…
UPDATE, 11:45 AM: It was a loss for Mexico to the Netherlands that saw the North American country’s World Cup 2014 dreams end. However, for Univision, the Sunday game was nothing but a win. 10.4 million viewers watched the Spanish language network’s broadcast of the match. That makes Sunday’s game not only the most watched soccer game ever on Univision or any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster but also the most watched telecast ever on the broadcaster or any other any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster. The previous record holder was the 9.0 million who watched the December 3, 2007 broadcast of the telenova Destilando Amor on Univision. Sunday game on Univision also bested ESPN’s broadcast of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match by 57% more in terms of viewers and 68% among Adults 18-49. But that’s also a record in terms of soccer viewership for Univision and any U.S.-based Spanish-language broadcaster.
PREVIOUS, 7:55 AM: Sunday’s World Cup match-ups saw the Netherlands make a late comeback to dash Mexico’s hopes of advancing to the quarter finals, and Costa Rica overtake Greece in a 5-3 penalty shoot out. The matches continued to set new records for ESPN, with both drawing a 4.5 in the overnight ratings. The two Round of 16 matches now rank as the network’s 4th and 5th largest overnight rating for a World Cup match in any round. The top three overnights are also from the 2014 tournament (USA-Portugal, 9.1; USA-Ghana, 7.0; and USA-Germany, 6.3). Spanish-language network Univision says its coverage of the Netherlands-Mexico match had a top local market household rating of 14.7 in LA with a 5 in New York. The match was particular in that it was the first during which FIFA allowed cooling breaks. When at the 32nd minute, the mercury hit 32° Celsius (89.6°F) with humidity at 68% in Fortaleza’s Estadio Castelao, referee Pedro Proenca called a time out so that players could hydrate and be given ice and damp cloths. He called a second break in the second half.
In the UK, which is still tuning into the footie despite England’s early round departure, the Netherlands match was seen by a peak of 9.24M viewers for a 44.9 share on ITV. The Costa Rica match was seen by 6.78M for a 40.2 share at its high point. In the Netherlands, where the Orange are inspiring legions of fans, the Dutch win was watched on Ned 1 by an average of 8.1M viewers, a par with the team’s last group match against Chile. Attention peaked with 9.2M at the final whistle.
Back in the States over the wekend, ABC notched its highest rating for a non-U.S. team match ever in round of 16 play on Saturday. That milestone came with Brazil’s defeat of Chile in penalties at the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. The household rating was a 3.8 with 6.142M viewers tuned in to see the host country advance to the quarters. The match falls behind Team USA encounters with Brazil in 1994 (9.3) and Ghana in 2010 (8.5). Also on Saturday, ABC’s Colombia v Uruguay scored a 3.3 rating with 5.362M viewers.
Today, France faces off with Nigeria and Germany meets Algeria.