USA-Germany Is ESPN's Second Highest-Rated Men's World Cup Match Ever
ESPN's coverage of the United States' 1-0 loss to Germany in the final day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group play - Thursday, June 26, at noon ET - generated an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN's television, digital and audio platforms.
· ESPN's telecast averaged a 6.7 US HH rating and 10,771,000 viewers, making it the second highest-rated, and third most-viewed, men's World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2 ever. ESPN's highest-rated World Cup match - a 9.6 US HH rating for the 2014 USA vs. Portugal Contest on Sunday, June 22 - is also the most-viewed soccer match across all US television networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers. ESPN's second most-viewed men's World Cup match - USA vs. Ghana on Monday, June 16, 2014 - averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 US HH rating.
· The match also garnered multiple audience records for WatchESPN, adding an additional 1,050,000 viewers in the average minute audience to ESPN's telecast. Overall, the WatchESPN coverage had 3,200,000 unique viewers and 143,000,000 live minutes viewed. This accounted for a 10 percent lift to ESPN's English-language TV audience
· The telecast also ranks as ESPN's most-viewed weekday, non-holiday, afternoon program on record.
· At its highest point, ESPN's telecast averaged 12,055,000 viewers and a 7.7 US HH rating from 1:30 to 2 p.m. WatchESPN's peak of 1,700,000 concurrent users set a record for the platform.
· In addition to television and digital, the USA vs. Germany match generated an estimated audio streaming average minute audience of 239,300.
ESPN Posts its Largest Audiences for Group Play Ever
Overall, ESPN has generated its largest viewership for the 48 opening round World Cup matches ever, averaging 3,540,000 viewers and 2.2 US HH rating for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts combined. The 2014 averages also marks significant increases over ESPN's opening round telecasts in 2010 and 2006: 46 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,429,000 viewers in 2010 and 1,691,000 in 2006), and 38 percent and 83 percent (vs. 1.6 rating in 2010 and 1.2 in 2006), respectively.