Celebrating fans of our southern neighbor triggered, as my colleague Nancy Tartaglione pointed out earlier today, an artificial earthquake in Mexico City. That big shake came as Hirving Lozano put it in the Die Mannschaft net, which set off the seismic ratings detectors for Fox here in America too, as did the tie between Brazil and Switzerland later on June 17
Scoring a 3.18 in metered market results, Fox Sports 1’s 8 AM PT-airing Group F battle between Germany and El Tri on Sunday is the best rating it has seen out of the 2018 World Cup so far – barely. Coming from behind in Sunday’s schedule and the results, the 1-1 tie between chastened powerhouse Brazil and Switzerland pulled in a 2.95 for the match portion of the Fox Sport 1 coverage.
In total audience numbers for FS1, the Mexico and Germany match itself had a viewership of 4.5 million. That’s just a jump ahead of the 4.3 million that later game between the surprising Swiss and Brazil got. Overall, including the intro and half time commentary, the first game had 4.02 million viewers and the latter game had 4.08 million watching.
That makes them the two most watched men’s soccer games in Fox Sports history. It also results in the two games of yesterday being the second and third most watched soccer games ever on the outlet. The 4.7 million who tuned in to see America play Colombia in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Round 16 stage remains the most watched ever on FS1
Interestingly, the Brazil-Swiss actually topped the Mexico-Germany game in local metered market results, again, by a hair. The No. 1 market for the Group E game was Washington D.C. with a 5.63 MM rating. The top market for the Mexico-Germany match was the republic of Austin in Texas, which drew a still quite impressive 5.23 in the overnights.
Both games were shown on Fox Sports 1, while Sunday’s earlier Costa Rica-Serbia match aired on Fox proper as the company toggles its World Cup coverage between the two mutually owned outlets.
It’s likely we’ll see such highs and maybe more when and if the numbers for Telemundo come in later today too. Also showing the World Cup this year, the Spanish-language NBCUniversal-owned outlet does not cover all 56 markets that make up the early metric, but you can be damn sure Telemundo had a lot of eyeballs all over the country watching the action out of Moscow yesterday.
Even if you aren’t a fan of football aka soccer, the truly wonderful example of the beautiful game Saturday was one for the books. In what has proven to be a tournament of upsets so far since its June 14 kickoff, yesterday was the first time Mexico had beaten the often-unbeatable Germany in a World Cup match.
Mexico is tied atop group F after shocking Germany. pic.twitter.com/aOoOqbkXMX
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2018
Also in Group F, Sweden topped South Korea in their match today and Belgium topped Panama 3-0. However, for many, the big game of today is England vs. Tunisia. This could be the indication or warning signing of just how hard the Lions have come to compete and win – or not.