Spoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…
UPDATE, 7:53 AM PT: ESPN‘s broadcast of Team USA’s World Cup match against Ghana on Monday night averaged a 7.0 overnight rating. This was the first time out for the U.S. side during the event — and saw the men face off with the team that has eliminated them at each of the past two World Cups. ESPN says the U.S.’ 2-1 victory reps the highest overnight rating ever for a men’s World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2. (The network started receiving local ratings for the World Cup in 1998.) The top five metered markets were Washington, DC (11.8), New York (10.2), Hartford-New Haven (10.1), Boston (10.0) and Columbus, Ohio (8.9). ESPN says Boston’s score is the highest overnight ever in the market on any network for the men’s World Cup.
PREVIOUS: While we wait on World Cup numbers to come in from ESPN for the U.S. team’s match against Ghana on Monday night, here are some scores from Europe. The USA kicked off against Ghana at 11 PM UK time and was watched by 3.21M viewers on BBC One.
That was good for 39.4% of the audience. The U.S. team’s victory unsurprisingly drew lower numbers than England’s face-off with Italy in the same time slot on Saturday night, but was about on par with Sunday night’s game between Argentina and Bosnia Herzegovina. Meanwhile, Germany’s 4-0 victory over Portugal in Brazil yesterday evening drew 26.36M viewers to German broadcaster ARD. A massive 81.8% of the audience was tuned in to see the home team beginning at 6 PM. In the 14-49-year-old demo, that figure rose to 86.4%, according to local reports. It was the best score of the event so far in Germany; the opener between Brazil and Croatia drew 15.87M on ZDF. In the UK, ITV‘s coverage started at 4 PM with an average 4.51M viewers watching. The audience shrare was 33.5%. Today’s match-ups include Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico, and Russia v South Korea.