The TV ratings for the 23 Games on ABC & ESPN are up 60% vs. the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the digital platforms have also been setting records. Friday morning’s USA vs. Slovenia match on ESPN – in which the Americans overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw – was the most-watched soccer game among households in the history of ESPN networks as almost 4 million viewers tuned in.
San Diego was the top market for the USA-Slovenia game, delivering an 8.5 rating –all the more impressive considering the 7 a.m. local start time. Rounding out the top five were Washington, DC (6.4), Miami (6.2), West Palm Beach (5.9), and San Francisco (5.7). San Diego was also the top market for the USA/England game on ABC (11.5).