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Viewership records set by USA-Algeria
by Paul Kennedy, June 24th, 2010 11:23PM

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TAGS:  men's national team, soccer business, television, world cup

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[TELEVISION WATCH] Wednesday’s broadcast of the USA-Algeria game on ESPN was the the highest-rated and most-watched soccer game in the history of ESPN networks, delivering a 4.6 rating (4.0 household U.S. rating), 4,582,000 households and 6,161,000 viewers.

Significantly, the broadcast was the highest-rated program of the day on any network among two key demographic groups, males 18-34 and males 18-49.

The previous households record was set five days earlier with the USA-Slovenia match: 3,906,000.
 
Excluding holidays, ESPN's coverage of the USA-Algeria game ranks as the most-watched weekday morning telecast ever for ESPN.
 
TOP RATINGS:
San Diego (8.9)
Baltimore (6.7)
San Francisco (6.1)
Washington, D.C. (5.4)
Sacramento (5.4)
Houston (5.4)
Las Vegas (5.4)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (5.3)
New York (5.3)
West Palm Beach (5.3)



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  1. Paul Cox
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 3:53 a.m.
    This is misleading, though- so many people went and watched these games in large groups that you have to figure the actual number of viewers might easily have been 8, 10, even 12 million people. At countless viewings around the nation, dozens of people were watching the TVs. Some viewing parties had hundreds. It's great that it's getting good ratings. It's better that it's getting terrific word-of-mouth.

  1. Jorge Gonzalez
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 9:15 a.m.
    this bombers are elevating the hope. that Americans not long in the future will support soccer at the same level of the so call "Foot Ball" /baseball and basketball the 3 Major American sports!! that's Good yes I would like to see this before my time. But how do they figure this numbers any ideas? are they accurate? I Replay US Games at list twice. I Love them I'm proud of them...

  1. Jorge Gonzalez
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
    Correction 1st Word (Numbers)

  1. Gregory Weiss
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.
    I believe they get these numbers by sampling a few thousand people at random and extrapolating the numbers from there. The payment for commercials is based on these numbers so they are supposed to be pretty accurate. While it does take into account people having viewing parties at their homes, I'm not sure it gets at all the public places you can watch the game such as bars, Times Square, or a waiting room.

  1. Terence Chu
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 12:50 p.m.
    Awesome news. And considering that it was on at 7am (here on the west coast) and on a weekday morning makes it more impressive. Abc's partner broadcasts have all been on weekend and afternoon slots.

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
    You have not seen anything yet - Saturday's numbers will be off the charts. Look for a record number of happy people at around 4:30 pm EST. USA 3 - Ghana 1!! How about those numbers?

  1. Adam Cohen
    commented on: June 25, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.
    Gotta give it up to ESPN. The coverage has been great. The camera work is clearly being directed by a crew that know how to cover soccer, which is unlike a lot of televised games here in the US. The quality of the webcasting is fantastic and having all the games broadcast has killed productivity in our office.


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