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ESPN's USA-Brazil Numbers (continued)

The final national ratings are now in for ESPN's coverage of the USA-Brazil Confederations Cup final on Sunday: While the overnights of major markets was a 2.74 rating, the overall nationwide figure was 2.61, which is 2.56 million households and nearly 4 million actual viewers. These numbers are for ESPN only and do not include the viewership for Univision, which traditionally draws a larger audience than ESPN for major soccer events shown simultaneously.

The numbers are the fourth largest for an ESPN USA men's match behind World Cup games involving Germany-USA in 2002 (3.8 million households), Ghana-USA in 2006 (2.9 million) and Colombia-USA in 1994 (2.7 million). Not surprisingly, it was the most-viewed ESPN soccer broadcast since the two World Cup semifinals in 2006 (3.7 million households for Germany-Italy and 2.4 million for France-Portugal).

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2009; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Confederations Cup , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Also does not include people who watched the game at local bars. There were a TON of people at Babylon FC in Falls Church.

When USA went up 2-0, this guy actually jumped up on the table with a chair, screaming USA, USA , USA!

A, what a game...

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 30, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff. It was nice to hear people treating the match like the big event that it was. Hopefully ESPN will be able to use some of the momentum in promoting World Cup Qualifiers as big events as well.

Posted by: sitruc | June 30, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Seriously...

August 12th is a Wed night.

Why not pump up the game and explain how the US has NEVER won in the cauldron of Azteca.

Get some ratings on a night when baseball would have been the only thing on.

I checked out ESPN's soccer schedule and the game WILL be on ESPN2, why not send down an HD crew for that one?

Posted by: arswift24 | June 30, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I checked out ESPN's soccer schedule and the game WILL be on ESPN2, why not send down an HD crew for that one?

Posted by: arswift24 | June 30, 2009 10:57 AM

And maybe even a commentary team that could tell us who the substitutes are!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 30, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

What did Champions League final get on ESPN the last 2 years?

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 30, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

jbfromfc - about 1.43 million viewers in '09 and 1.09 million in '08.

Very good numbers for the middle of the afternoon on a Wednesday.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Good numbers.

Reasonably on par with most college football broadcasts?

Steven - are you working on digging into ESPN's plans on airing La Liga and seeing if they will do any of the US shared licensing with FSC for Premier League? How do the heads of state at MLS feel about Disney's competion with their own product? Help? Hurt?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | June 30, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Also doesn't include those who recorded the game to watch later.

Posted by: fischy | June 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Also doesn't include those who recorded the game to watch later.

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No? Recording is the same as watching to the monitoring software, isn't it? Or am I guilty of analog thinking?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 30, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of ratings, has MLS ever considered playing MLS Cup on Friday evening instead of Saturday/Sunday. I believe this would increase viewership as there would be no NCAA or NFL football to compete with. Friday night in November is a fairly barren sports night leaving MLS with a chance to have the marquee event of the evening.

Posted by: blackandred777 | June 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of ratings, has MLS ever considered playing MLS Cup on Friday evening instead of Saturday/Sunday.

Posted by: blackandred777 | June 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

As tough as it is to compete for ratings, Friday nights would be a bad idea. There's a reason the major networks refer to those spaces as Death Slots. People just aren't home watching TV on a Friday night.

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | June 30, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

for comparison, I believe professional bowling (Rob Stone) and poker on ESPN each get about 1 million for regularly scheduled weekly programming, versus about 250,000 in the past for MLS Thursday night

Posted by: OWNTF | June 30, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, really awful keeper play in Japan; video on marca.com. He basically scoops it off of the goal line to keep from going out, and hands the opponent a goal.

Posted by: Reignking | June 30, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way to get the Univision numbers?

Posted by: WorldCup | June 30, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF: Is that 1M figure for poker the cumulative viewership for the 20 times it's on each week?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 30, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Also doesn't include those who recorded the game to watch later.

Posted by: fischy | June 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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Not yet, but Nielsen also tracks what they call +7 numbers, which will follow recorded viewings within seven days of broadcast. Those for sports aren't as widely circulated as the +7 numbers for prime time programming though.

Posted by: beach3 | June 30, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I checked out ESPN's soccer schedule and the game WILL be on ESPN2, why not send down an HD crew for that one?

Posted by: arswift24 | June 30, 2009 10:57 AM

And maybe even a commentary team that could tell us who the substitutes are!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 30, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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I believe the crew is going down there (I read that somewhere). The HD issue, I think, is because the feed comes from the home country so it is up to Mexican broadcasters.

Posted by: beach3 | June 30, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF: Is that 1M figure for poker the cumulative viewership for the 20 times it's on each week?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 30, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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The 1M is generally for the premier of each episode. The later you get into the Main Event, the higher the premier ratings are. That's the average of all premiere episodes.

http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/5499-ratings-rebound-for-2008-world-series-of-poker

Posted by: beach3 | June 30, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet that's true.

Ha ha ha ha! I'm such a card.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 30, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Poker, cards, darts, billiards . . . surprised ESPN doesn't televise foosball . . . or do they?

Posted by: OWNTF | June 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Also does not include people who watched the game at local bars."

Then that's the case for every sports event, so it's all relative in the end, at least when measuring across sports. (And I'm pretty sure there's some accounting for those folks in the ratings figures anyway, though my brain could be inventing that recollection.)

Posted by: ChristopherMc | June 30, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"I checked out ESPN's soccer schedule and the game WILL be on ESPN2, why not send down an HD crew for that one?"

Why would its presence on ESPN2 ncessarily preclude an HD broadcast?

Posted by: ChristopherMc | June 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet that's true.
Ha ha ha ha! I'm such a card.
Posted by: joedoc1
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Yes, a Joker.

Again registering my disappointment that no-one wrote this earlier.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 30, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of ratings, has MLS ever considered playing MLS Cup on Friday evening instead of Saturday/Sunday. I believe this would increase viewership as there would be no NCAA or NFL football to compete with. Friday night in November is a fairly barren sports night leaving MLS with a chance to have the marquee event of the evening.

Posted by: blackandred777 | June 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Actually there's usually a pretty big non-BCS conference (i.e., Mountain West, WAC, Conference USA) college football game on Friday nights nowadays.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Actually there's usually a pretty big non-BCS conference (i.e., Mountain West, WAC, Conference USA) college football game on Friday nights nowadays.

HAHA...pretty big non-BCS...that's an oxymoron.

GO BIG RED!!!!!

Posted by: arswift24 | June 30, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

So what were the numbers for Univision's broadcast? Anyone knows?

Posted by: tintinyana | July 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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