[SOCCER ON THE AIR]Sunday's USA-Portugal was watched by 18.2 million viewers on ESPN, setting a record for the most-viewed soccer match in the ever on any U.S. network. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final on ABC.
The 18.2 million viewers topped the viewers for every game of the 2014 NBA Finals, which averaged 15,524,000 viewers.
The 9.6 rating is the highest-rated men’s soccer telecast ever -- topping a 9.5 for Brazil-Italy 1994 World Cup final -- and second highest-rated soccer match overall behind an 11.4 rating for 1999 Women’s World Cup final.
In addition, 6.5 million viewers watched the 2-2 draw in Manaus on Univision -- a record for a U.S. World Cup match on the Spanish-language network -- to put the total televison audience on almost 25 million viewers.
In addition, WatchESPN drew a 490,000 average minute audience with a total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average 4,273,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating through the first 32 matches, marking increases of 50 percent and 44 percent, respectively, over the first 32 games in 2010.
-- The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts.
-- The viewers peaked on ESPN at 22,961,000 viewers for the last half hour of the match.
USA-Portugal Market Ratings:
13.3 Washington, D.C.
12.5 New York
11.3 Hartford/New Haven