I was just looking at the MSNBC poll asking who the winner of the World Cup will be. Of the over 22,000 that have replied so far, an unsurprising 30% voted for Brazil. But neither England nor German is next in line. It is the United States that is in second place, with 19% of the votes.
Despite late start, U.S. soccer gets most viewers on cable since 1994
June 19, 2002
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Even though it started in the middle of the night for much of the country, the United States' landmark 2-0 victory over Mexico was the most-watched men's soccer game on cable television since the 1994 World Cup. :howler:
Monday's game got a 2.29 cable rating on ESPN and was seen in 1.98 million households, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
In addition, Spanish-language Univision said Wednesday that 2.2 million households watched on its network.
The game, which began at 2:30 a.m. EDT, was the most-watched program on cable last weekend among men 18-to-34, and was the most-watched cable television program ever between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. among men 18-to-34 and 18-to-49.
The last men's soccer game on cable to get that many viewers was the 1994 World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Sweden, which started at 7:30 p.m. EDT. It got a 3.9 cable rating on ESPN and was seen in 2.46 million households.
For the U.S. team, it was the most-viewed game on cable since its 2-1 win over Colombia in the 1994 World Cup, which got a 4.3 cable rating on ESPN and was viewed in 2.71 million homes. That game also started at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The most-watched soccer game on cable was the Women's World Cup semifinal between the United States and Brazil at Stanford, Calif., on July 4, 1999, seen in 2.88 million homes.
ESPN thus far is averaging 743,000 households for 17 games, up 10.9 percent from its 670,000 average for 27 matches four years ago, when games started in the afternoon. ESPN2 is averaging 618,000 homes for 33 games, up 112 percent from its 292,000 average for 23 games in 1998.
ESPN's viewership is up 116 percent from what it normally gets in those time periods (270,000 homes) and ESPN2's is up 475 percent (83,000).
Because of the 13-hour time difference from the East Coast of the United States to Japan and South Korea, games start at 1:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. EDT.
The Americans' 3-1 loss to Poland last Friday, which ended the first round, was seen by 1.63 million households on ESPN. The game started at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
Viewership has steadily increased since the Americans' opening 3-2 win over Portugal, which started at 2:30 a.m. EDT and was seen in 998,000 households, and their 1-1 tie against South Korea, which began at 5 a.m. EDT and was seen in 1.36 millions homes. The first two games were on ESPN2.
The United States, in its best showing since the first World Cup in 1930, plays Germany in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
Univision, which holds Spanish-language television rights in the United States, said the game between the United States and Mexico was its most-watched program ever, estimating 4.2 million viewers. The game got a 21.6 rating and 62 share among those Spanish-language households that get Univision.
The rating is the percentage of households tuned to a program among those homes that receive it, and the share is the percentage watching among those households with televisions on at the time.
So many records have been broken..Its a pleasure, specially 'cause it must be hurting those :ass:es that all they do is put soccer down !!!! :dielaugh:
crewwall, i looked for the germany-usa ratings, but I can't find anything yet. this is an article that I dug up, it give the OVERALL ratings for 50+ games for disney and univision. it also talks about how most of the commercials are already sold out:
Wow! With all these record setting viewerships and the fantastic percentage increase from last WC rating, I hope ESPN and ESPN2 will take notice and start airing more matches in their future schedules!
ABC’s 10 World Cup broadcasts from Japan and South Korea averaged a 1.4 ratings and 1.48 million homes, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. That was down from the 2.6 rating and 2.55 million homes for its 14 telecasts — all live — during the 1998 tournament in France. The only game carried live by ABC this year was the final.
World Cup games this year began at 1:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. EDT. In 1998, games started at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. EDT.
Starting times for the Germany 2006 games will be similar to those in 1998.