World Cup Sets US Ratings Records

ESPN, Univision score highest-ever figures

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2014 12:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – ESPN and Univision have scored with their World Cup coverage: The US victory over Ghana Monday night set World Cup ratings records for both broadcasters, with a total audience of 15.9 million viewers. For ESPN, it was the highest-rated men's soccer game ever. The ratings were way ahead of the 6 million that watched hockey's Stanley Cup final on Friday night, and weren't that far behind the NBA final between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, which pulled in 17.9 million viewers, the Wall Street Journal finds. Among English-language viewers, the World Cup so far has the highest average ratings in the Washington, DC, area, with San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Orlando rounding out the top five, the Washington Post reports.

A soccer fan waves a flag outside of a bar in downtown Scranton, Pa., after the United States defeated Ghana 2-1.
A soccer fan waves a flag outside of a bar in downtown Scranton, Pa., after the United States defeated Ghana 2-1.   (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)
Daniel Marcaccio, center, of Ypsilanti, Mich. celebrates with his fellow fans after Clint Dempsey scored for the US against Ghana.
Daniel Marcaccio, center, of Ypsilanti, Mich. celebrates with his fellow fans after Clint Dempsey scored for the US against Ghana.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Guralnick)
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