ESPN’s telecast of Tuesday’s Brazil vs. Germany FIFA World Cup semifinal match – a 7-1 German victory and Brazil’s first loss in a competitive home match in 63 games (since 1975) — averaged a network record 4.1 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight rating for a World Cup semifinal on ESPN or ESPN2, according to Nielsen. ESPN’s television coverage peaked from 5:45 – 6 p.m. ET with a 5.8 rating.
The comparable semifinal match in 2010 (Uruguay vs. Netherlands) delivered a 2.8 overnight rating. (Note: No World Cup semifinal match has ever aired on ABC)
Through 61 matches, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC networks are averaging a 2.9 metered market rating, an increase of 32 percent compared to the first 61 matches in 2010 (2.2). The 2010 semifinal round averaged a 2.8.
Top 10 markets for Brazil-Germany: New York (7.5), Hartford/New Haven (6.4), Washington, DC (5.8), San Francisco (5.8), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (5.6), Boston (5.5), West Palm Beach (5.5), Los Angeles (5.0), Baltimore (4.9) and Richmond/Petersburg (4.8)
To date, the highest-rated markets on the ESPN networks are: Washington, DC (4.6), New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Los Angeles (3.7), San Diego (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.6), Orlando (3.5), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (3.5), Richmond/Petersburg (3.4) and West Palm Beach (3.3)
Fast national ratings and viewership numbers are expected to be available this afternoon.
Coverage of today’s FIFA World Cup semifinal match – Argentina vs. Netherlands – begins at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.