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USA-Ghana is most-watched men's game in USA ever
by Paul Kennedy, June 27th, 2010 4:51PM
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[TELEVISION WATCH] Saturday's USA-Ghana was the most-watched men's soccer game ever, averaging 9,455,000 households and 14,863,000 viewers, based on fast nationals.

The 1999 Women's World Cup final between the USA and China at the Rose Bowl averaged more households (11,307,000) and viewers (17,975,000).

The USA-Ghana match, which drew a 8.2 rating, is the third highest-rated men's game ever behind the Brazil-Italy final (9.5) and USA-Brazil quarterfinal match (9.3) at the 1994 World Cup.

The 1999 Women's World Cup final delivered an 11.4 rating.

Through 50 games, the ESPN networks (ESPN/ESPN2/ABC) are averaging a 1.8 U.S. rating, 2,081,000 households and 2,781,000 viewers, up 48 percent, 54 percent and 60 percent from the 2006 World Cup, respectively.

TOP MARKETS:
San Diego (15.4)
Washington, D.C. (13.8)
San Francisco (13.3)
Cincinnati (12.9)
Las Vegas (11.7)
Austin (11.4)
Columbus, Ohio (10.6)
Norfolk, Va. (10.6)
Seattle-Tacoma (10.6)
West Palm Beach (10.5)



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