Spoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…
UPDATE, 2:12 PM: The USA are out of the World Cup but the ratings goals keep going in the net for ESPN. The Independence Day match between host Brazil and Colombia drew 6.349 million viewers to become the most watched World Cup quarterfinal ever in ESPN and ABC history. The Brazil winning game, which got a 3.6 rating, beat the previous record holder of the 5.71 million who watched the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal between Germany and Argentina on ABC on July 3rd that year. The earlier match on Friday (France vs. Germany on ESPN2) delivered an average audience of 4.89 million and a 2.9 rating. Over on Univision, the Brazil vs. Colombia game averaged 5.5 million viewers with 3.0 million among Adults 18-49. Brazil beat Colombia 2-1.
PREVIOUS, 11:12 am, France Vs. Germany Scores Record for TF1: France was booted out of the World Cup on Friday, losing 1-0 to Germany. While Les Bleus will leave Brazil without making it to the semis, this was at least a better performance than 2010 when the once exalted side exited in the first round. Yesterday’s victory puts the Germans into the semi-finals where they will face off with Brazil on Tuesday. That side overtook Colombia 2-1 later in the day yesterday. But it did so at a price with star player Neymar sidelied for the rest of the tournament after taking a knee to the back from Colombia’s Juan Zuniga and fracturing a vertebra.
This was Germany’s fourth quarter-final in a row, and at home brought an average of 26.25M viewers to ARD for an 85 share. The record in Germany for the tournament is still last week’s face-off with Algeria. TV ratings of course do not factor in all the bars and town squares where folks habitually gather for such events. In my small French town, there were a couple hundred watching at three bar/restaurants in the main plaza. A lot of folks spilled out onto the street – despite the rain, it was less glum than being close to the big screens given the result. Still, France’s TF1 scored a record 16.9M average viewers for the match, its biggest meet of the tournament this year. That was worth 72.1% of the audience and was a network record for a non-primetime sporting event – kickoff was at 6PM local. Also on TF1, 7.1M watched the Brazil v Colombia match. In Germany, an average 13.98M tuned in to see who the team would meet next Tuesday. Coverage of the France-Germany match in the UK averaged 5.19M viewers and a 34.3 share on BBC One. Brazil-Colombia averaged 7.52M and a 37.3 share on ITV. Argentina won 1-0 over Belgium today, while Netherlands and Costa Rica are facing off.