- Combined TV, Digital and Audio Coverage Posts Average Minute Audience of Nearly 18 Million
- ESPN Telecast Averages 16,491,000 Viewers and 9.8 HH US Rating
- Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records
- ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Telecasts Reach Nearly 100 Million People
- Significant Viewership Growth Over 2010 and 2006, including in All Key Demos
- Match Sets Rating Record in 20 markets; Washington, D.C.; New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles Highest-Rated Thru 56 Games
ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-1 loss to Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday, July 1, averaged 16,491,000 viewers and a 9.8 US HH rating, making it the second most-viewed men’s soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks (behind the 18,220,000 viewers and 9.6 US HH rating ESPN earned for USA vs. Portugal on June 22).
In addition, WatchESPN delivered a platform record average minute audience of 1,107,000 viewers, providing a seven percent lift to ESPN’s television viewership (previous record was set for USA vs. Germany on June 26). WatchESPN also averaged 3,500,000 unique viewers and 190,200,000 minutes viewed during the match, both records for the platform.
The 2014 event has now delivered ESPN’s six largest audiences for men’s World Cup matches ever. Overall, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to reach more than 99,000,000 people through the first 52 matches. Additional highlights:
- ESPN’s television, digital and audio coverage generated a combined average minute audience of nearly 18 million people.
- At its highest point, ESPN’s telecast averaged 19,543,000 viewers and an 11.5 US HH rating from 5:30 to 6 p.m. while WatchESPN peaked at 1,500,000 concurrent users.
- ESPN’s telecast is the third most-viewed soccer match – men’s or women’s – in the United States behind ESPN’s record-setting USA vs. Portugal telecast and the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC (17,975,000 viewers).
Significant Television Viewership Increases Over 2010 and 2006
ESPN continues to generate its largest audiences ever for a World Cup, averaging 4,080,000 viewers and a 2.5 US HH rating for the 56 telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC combined. The 2014 coverage marks increases of 44 percent and 122 percent (vs. 2,836,000 in 2010 and 1,838,000 in 2006), and 39 percent and 92 percent (vs. 1.8 in 2010 and 1.3 in 2006), respectively.
In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.
WatchESPN, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.Com Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN is averaging 829,000 unique viewers and 36.9 million minutes per game through the end of the round of 16, for increases of 173 percent and 176 percent, respectively.
- ESPNFC.com is also generating significant usage increases, averaging 4,700,000 daily unique visitors for a 42 percent increase over 2010 and 5,700,000 video starts per day for a 1051 percent increase.
- ESPN.com is seeing 13,500,000 average daily unique visitors (a 40 percent increase from 2010) and 12,500,000 video starts per day (up 177 percent).
- The SportsCenter app is averaging 3,800,000 daily unique visitors for a 404 percent increase over 2010
New York led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Belgium telecast with a 15.0 rating, followed by Hartford/New Haven (13.2), Washington, D.C., (12.8), Richmond (12.3), Boston (12.2), West Palm Beach (12.0), Baltimore (11.4), Cincinnati (11.4), San Diego (11.0), Columbus (10.8), Norfolk (10.8) and Orlando (10.8).
Twenty markets recorded their highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2 ever, including six that were among the top seven largest for the telecast: New York, Hartford/New Haven, Richmond, Boston, West Palm Beach and Baltimore. The additional 14, ordered by highest rating: Norfolk (10.8), Kansas City (10.6), Philadelphia (9.6), Raleigh/Durham (9.4), Greensboro (9.2), Tampa/St. Petersburg (9.0), Greenville (8.9), Pittsburgh (8.7), New Orleans (8.7), Birmingham (8.5), Jacksonville (8.5), Detroit (8.3), Buffalo (7.8) and Oklahoma City (6.6).
Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 56 games with a 4.5 average rating, followed by New York (4.2), San Francisco (3.9), Los Angeles (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Orlando (3.5), Hartford/New Haven (3.5), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (3.4), West Palm Beach (3.4), Richmond (3.3) and Boston (3.3).
Quarterfinals Kick Off
ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will continue with the quarterfinals, beginning Friday, July 4, with France vs. Germany (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) and Brazil vs. Colombia (3:30 p.m., ESPN), followed by two matches on Saturday, July 5: Argentina vs. Belgium (11:30 a.m., ABC) and Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 p.m., ESPN). Each quarterfinal match will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN or WATCH ABC, and ESPN Radio.
ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+. ABC’s matches will also available on WATCH ABC. Schedule.
2nd Stage – Quarterfinals
|Date||Time (ET)||Network||Matchup||Site||Match #|
|Fri 7/4||11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||France vs. Germany
TV: Jon Champion and Stewart Robson
Radio: Mark Donaldson and Tommy Smyth
|Rio de Janeiro||58|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Brazil vs. Colombia
TV: Ian Darke and Steve McManaman
Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
|Sat 7/5||11:30 a.m.||ABC||Argentina vs. Belgium
TV: Derek Rae and Kasey Keller
Radio: Dyer and Messing
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Netherlands vs. Costa Rica
TV: Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno
Radio: JP Dellacamera and Smyth