Posts Tagged ‘NATIONAL TV’

WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

June 25, 2010

WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

TV numbers in the United States continue to be massive for the World Cup broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and Univision, as well as on the internet.

The United States last minute win over Algeria on Wednesday was viewed by an average of 6.12 million people on ESPN. That is the largest ever audience for a soccer match on the ESPN networks. Combined with the Spanish language numbers from Univision it hits 8.32 million.

Through Wednesday, Univision is averaging 1.98 million viewers a game, up 6 percent from 2006.

Thursday’s Mexico-France game was the Spanish-language network’s most-watched match, with 5.8 million viewers.

5.2 million viewers saw ESPN’s broadcast of the United States-Slovenia game on Friday and the United States-England game June 12 drew 12.9 million viewers on ABC.

The numbers through Wednesday are impressive. 2.6 million viewers on average per game saw the World Cup on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, up from 1.8 million for the 2006 edition of the tournament in Germany.

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HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

June 15, 2010

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.

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

June 14, 2010

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

UK PERSPECTIVE

HISTORY INSISTS WINNERS DO NOT APPEAR IN BLAZE OF GLORY (JAMES LAWTON-THE INDEPENDENT)

ENGLAND SHRANK WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIMING HIGH (KEVIN MCCARRA-THE GUARDIAN)

US NEGATES ENGLAND MIDFIELD (JONATHON WILSON-SI.COM)

NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

USA 1, ENGLAND 1 – POST GAME THOUGHTS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ENGLAND-USA (JEFF CARLISLE-SOCCERNET.COM)

WC: ENGLAND 1 – USA 1 (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

US REBOUND AGAINST ENGLAND AFTER EARLY SETBACK TO EARN DRAW (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

DEMPSEY, DEFENSE INSPIRE US TO DRAW WITH ENGLAND (BRIAN STRAUS-FANHOUSE)

HOWARD, CHERUNDOLO HELP US RIGHT SHIP, FORGE TIE WITH ENGLAND (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

‘RESILIENT’ US TEAM AGAIN FINDS A WAY TO RALLY (KELLY WHITESIDE-USA TODAY)

US GOT LUCKY AGAINST ENGLAND; IT MUST BE BETTER AGAINST SLOVENIA IN MUST WIN (JOHN SMALLWOOD-PHILLY.COM)

TIME FOR USA TO CAPITALIZE ON GIFT (JAY MARIOTTI-FANHOUSE)

REACTIONS TO US-ENGLAND (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN)

GROUP C NEWS

FIVE THINGS FROM GROUP C (J HUTCHERSON-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL BUSINESS

FOR USA’S WORLD CUP OPENER, ESPN WENT BRITISH WITH MARTIN TYLER (MICHAEL HIESTAND-USA TODAY)

LOTS OF PEOPLE SATURDAY WERE WATCHING USA v ENGLAND (JOSHUA MAYER-SEATTLE TIMES)

USA-ENGLAND DRAWS RECORD CROWD FOR ABC (ANTHONY CRUPI-MEDIA WEEK)

WORLD CUP 2010: ORGANIZERS WILL NOT BAN VUVUZELAS (BBC)

VUVUZELA: LONG LIVE THE HORN, DESPITE EUROPEAN SCORN (KEVIN BLACKISTONE-FANHOUSE)

AMERICAN FANS TAKE THE WORLD CUP PUBLIC (CLEMEMTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

MLS PREVIEW: FC DALLAS –SEATTLE SOUNDERS

April 22, 2010

MLS PREVIEW: FC DALLAS –SEATTLE SOUNDERS

To play an MLS match on National TV at the home of the league’s worst attended team is bad thing to do. Many empty seats in the forecast. That this match falls on a Thursday Night, makes it worse. The most frightening thing about this tie is that it is in HD.  My guess is that we will get see just how many people “…are not spectators” as the FC Dallas marketing pitch tells us.

That complaint aside, I am looking forward to an interesting match for Thursday Night Football.

Seattle is constantly being touted as the best in the West and yet what have they done to back that up this season? Whipping an expansion team at home in the season opener and getting a last gasp winner by a late substitute who is on no one’s fantasy roster (which is just down right frustrating) is no kind of way to throw down the Western Conference Gauntlet.

I know it is still early in the season, and I don’t do Power Rankings and all that, but bear with me. I put Seattle behind LA, RSL and Houston in the West right now.  All those teams have proven they can beat good sides on tough days.

Having said that there are the four other teams in the West; the bottom four, as it were.  What can we make of those teams? Enigma’s all, Chivas USA seems lost, San Jose seems bi-polar and Colorado seems consistently average.

Finally we come to FC Dallas, which team do we have in the early stages of 2010? Are they the team that looked like they were going to challenge New York for worst in the league during the early stages of 2009 or are they the team that rocketed up from the league cellar and just missed the playoffs at the end of last season?

Does FCD really look that bad this season? They are doing the right things on the pitch; Jeff Cunningham who is tied for the league lead in shots, but has only one PK goal. The service out of the midfield is there for the Texas XI, and it is possible they are more than they seem. Two draws against two of the leagues best sides in Houston and Columbus and a loss to New York at Red Bull Arena by one goal.

This game, if we are lucky, will go a long way in telling us which of these teams is what they seem and which is a pretender. Then again we are not so lucky and this match could just postpone the answer to those questions by giving us a 0-0 or a listless 1-1.

Let us make that my prediction then, yawn, hoping that I will be wrong and one of these sides will post a 4-2 win and re-introduce themselves to the league as a serious challenge.

FANTASY PICK’S TO CLICK

FC DALLAS: David Ferreira will get space and if Dallas is to be successful, he will get assists.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS: Steve Zakuani, overdue for a goal or two.

FANTASY X FACTOR: Jeff Cunningham. He may break through tonight and lord know he’ll be shooting.