HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

Saturdays much hyped World Cup battle between US and England drew the fifth-best rating ever for a World Cup game in the United States, falling behind the 1994 Brazil-Italy Final, the 1994 Brazil-U.S. game and the 2006 Italy-France final and the 1994 Romania-U.S. game.

The match drew higher numbers than all of the Stanley Cup Finals Games, including the impressive Game 6 numbers, which had 8.3 million viewers, the highest in the NHL for 36 years.

Combined with Spanish language Univision’s telecast numbers, the match reaches 17 million, according to Sports Media Watch, and thereby had a large audience than the first four games of the NBA Finals.

The South Africa-Mexico opening game had an audience of 5.3 million on Univision alone, making it the most watched soccer game ever on Univision.

Through the first five matches of the 2010 World Cup, ESPN and ABC averaged 3,427,000 households and 4,937,000 viewers — up 95% and 108% from the 2006 tournament numbers.

ESPN3’s numbers are also astonishing, the broadband network had 73.6 million minutes generated on the site in the tournaments first three days, more than the entire month of June 2009.

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