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World Cup keeps beating US TV records as 25 million tune in for US v Portugal

US PortugalOver 18.22 million viewers in the US tuned into ESPN for Sunday’s USA-Portugal game in Manaus, making it the most-watched football game ever in the US — surpassing the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between USA and China that attracted 17.98 million viewers on ABC. The first game featuring the US in this World Cup, held on Monday, 16 June when many were at work, drew 11.09 million to ESPN. The Portugal match earned the highest-ever overnight ratings for a World Cup game on ESPN.

Univision, the Spanish-language network, drew a further 6.5 million viewers, also well above its USA-Ghana total (4.8 million), and the largest audience ever for a USA match on a Spanish-language network.

Combined, Sunday’s match between US and Portugal attracted 24.72 million viewers in the US. Four years ago, the USA-England game drew a combined 17.1 million on ESPN and Univision.

In social media, roughly 10 million people worldwide accounted for about 20 million Facebook interactions related to Sunday’s USA vPortugal game. The most discussed moment of the match being Clint Dempsey’s goal late in the second half that gave the US a 2-1 lead.

World Cup breaking records for streaming and US coverage

USA GhanaThe World Cup, still in its opening round, has already broken the record for peak amount of online-video streaming bandwidth as delivered by Akami, and also set new highs marks for ESPN and Univision’s digital-video services.

The Germany-Portugal match drove a peak of 4.3 terabits per second of streaming video on Akamai’s content-delivery network, way more than the previous high of 3.5 Tbps registered during the US-Canada men’s hockey semifinal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The streaming-video peak for the US-Ghana (photo) match came in at 3.2 Tbps, behind the 3.4 Tbps for the Spain-Netherlands contest, according to Akamai.

For ESPN, the US-Ghana game was the biggest-ever event for WatchESPN as1.4 million people watched online as the American team defeat Ghana. The Germany-Portugal match was WatchESPN’s second-best event ever for unique viewers (1.1 million) and average-minute audience (418,000), and third in minutes viewed (52.6 million).

On Monday Univision drew 4.8 million viewers for the US-Ghana game, the most ever for Team USA on the network, bringing the total US audience to 15.9 million. The only World Cup match to draw a larger US audience was the 2010 US-England game (17.1 million on ABC and Univision).

15.9 million is more than double the 6.6 million that watched the 2006 World Cup match between USA and Ghana.

The ESPN’ of the game on Monday averaged 11.09 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the most-viewed soccer match ever televised by the network. The previous high had been 6.16 million for the 2010 match between the US and Algeria. It’s also ESPN’s most-watched telecast of any kind since college football’s BCS National Championship (25.57 million).

 

US TV schedules for World Cup

espn-world-cup-600x336All 64 matches at the FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live in the US on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in English and on Univision Communications broadcast and cable nets in Spanish.

The full schedule is (all times Eastern):

Thursday, June 12
4 p.m.: Brazil vs. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/Univision Deportes Network)

Friday, June 13
12 p.m.: Mexico vs. Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Spain vs. Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m. Chile vs. Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)

Saturday, June 14
12 p.m.: Colombia vs. Greece at Estádio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ABC; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica at Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza (ABC; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: England vs. Italy at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
9 p.m.: Ivory Coast vs. Japan at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Sunday, June 15
12 p.m.: Switzerland vs. Ecuador at Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ABC; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: France vs. Honduras at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ABC; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Monday, June 16
12 p.m.: Germany vs. Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Iran vs. Nigeria at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Ghana vs. United States at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Tuesday, June 17
12 p.m.: Belgium vs. Algeria at Estádio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Brazil vs. Mexico at Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Russia vs. South Korea at Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Wednesday, June 18
12 p.m.: Australia vs. Netherlands at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Spain vs. Chile at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Cameroon vs. Croatia at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Thursday, June 19
12 p.m.: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast at Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Uruguay vs. England at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Japan vs. Greece at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Friday, June 20
12 p.m.: Italy vs. Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Switzerland vs. France at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Honduras vs. Ecuador at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Saturday, June 21
12 p.m.: Argentina vs. Iran at Estádio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: Germany vs. Ghana at Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: Nigeria vs. Bosnia Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Sunday, June 22
12 p.m.: Belgium vs. Russia at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)
3 p.m.: South Korea vs. Algeria at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ABC; Univision/UDN)
6 p.m.: United States vs. Portugal at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Monday, June 23
12 p.m.: Netherlands vs. Chile at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)
12 p.m.: Australia vs. Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (ESPN; UniMás/Galavisión)
4 p.m.: Croatia vs. Mexico at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: Cameroon vs. Brazil at Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

Tuesday, June 24
12 p.m.: Italy vs. Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
12 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. England at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)
4 p.m.: Japan vs. Colombia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: Greece vs. Ivory Coast at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

Wednesday, June 25
12 p.m.: Nigeria vs. Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
12 p.m.: Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)
4 p.m.: Ecuador vs. France at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: Honduras vs. Switzerland at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; UniMás/Galavisión)

Thursday, June 26
12 p.m.: United States vs. Germany at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
12 p.m.: Portugal vs. Ghana at Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)
4 p.m.: South Korea vs. Belgium at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: Algeria vs. Russia at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)


Round of 16

Saturday, June 28
12 p.m.: 1A vs. 2B at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ABC; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: 1C vs. 2D at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)

Sunday, June 29
12 p.m.: 1B vs. 2A at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: 1D vs. 2C at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Monday, June 30
12 p.m.: 1E vs. 2F at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: 1G vs. 2H at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Tuesday, July 1
12 p.m.: 1F vs. 2E at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: 1H vs. 2G at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)


Quarterfinals

Friday, July 4
12 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Saturday, July 5
12 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ABC; Univision/UDN)
4 p.m. Round of 16 winners at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)


Semifinals

Tuesday, July 8
4 p.m.: Quarterfinal winners at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Wednesday, July 9
4 p.m.: Quarterfinal winners at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)


Third-Place Game

Saturday, July 12
4 p.m.: Semifinal losers at Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Final
Sunday, July 13
4 p.m.: Semifinal winners at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)