Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Record viewers for opener on ESPN and Univision
by Paul Kennedy, June 13th, 2014 7:44PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  soccer business, television, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[SOCCER ON THE AIR] ESPN’s coverage of the Brazil-Croatia World Cup opener on Thursday averaged 4.435 million viewers to rank as the most-viewed opening game of the World Cup on record (back to 1994), according to Nielsen. Univision’s presentation of the opening match also delivered the most-viewed opening day performance in its history with an average of 5.1 million viewers.

World Cup vs. NBA: The combined audience for the afternoon coverage of the World Cup opener totaled more than 9.5 million; ABC averaged an estimated 10.6 million viewers -- in prime time -- for Thursday's Game of the NBA championship series.

The ESPN audience is 55 percent higher than the South Africa-Mexico game, the opening match in 2010 World Cup. In addition, it's the fourth most-viewed group match on the ESPN networks after three U.S. games:

Top ESPN Audiences, Group Stage
AVG. MATCH (YEAR)
6,161,000 USA-Algeria (2010)
5,200,000 USA-Slovenia (2010)
4,810,000 USA-Colombia (1994)
4,435,000 Brazil-Croatia (2014)

On WatchESPN, streaming coverage of Brazil-Croatia produced a 1.1 million unique viewers, up 132 percent compared to the first match of the 2010 World Cup and the highest ever for a WatchESPN event.

The Top 10 Metered Markets (ESPN):
CITY (RATING)
Washington, DC (5.1)
Boston (5.0)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (4.7)
Los Angeles (4.6)
New York (4.5)
San Francisco (4.3)
Hartford-New Haven (4.3)
Providence (3.9)
Austin (3.9)
Orlando (3.8)

-- The Univision opener outdelivered all four NHL Stanley Cup finals games among adults 18-49. It was less than the 5.9 million for the South-Africa-Mexico opener in 2010, but still higher than the opening day average four years ago when they was a second match on Day 1.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Copa America: Messi leads Argentina to 6-1 win    
Argentina clobbered Paraguay, 6-1, to move into Saturday's Copa America final against host Chile. Lionel Messi ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"Due to their current commitments in Zurich, the FIFA President and the FIFA Secretary General will ...
Three takeaways from USA-Germany    
The USA beat Germany, 2-0, Tuesday to reach its fourth Women's World Cup final by dominating ...
Garza replaces injured Davis on U.S roster    
Brad Davis has been ruled out of the Gold Cup with a knee injury, and Greg ...
Turning Point | Solo: 'I did the stall tactic'    
After having a huge edge in play during the first half, the USA came under pressure ...
Open Cup: Magee scores twice in Chicago Fire win    
In his first start since undergoing hip surgery last year, Mike Magee scored two goals  to ...
USA-Germany Women's World Cup Player Ratings     
The USA reached the Women's World Cup final with a 2-0 win over Germany on second-half ...
What They're Saying: Germany's Annike Krahn    
"Congratulations to the USA. They had the better chances, and from that one can say they ...
Video Pick: Fun with Hulk     
Brazilian forward Hulk frequently strikes the ball with impressive power -- and even more so when ...
ICYMI | MLS: New mechanisms could trigger big signings    
The USA's secondary transfer window opens next week and among those players on the radar screen ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives