USA tie with Portugal sets ratings record

Clint Dempsey of the United States is challenged by Portugal's Bruno Alves (left) and Ricardo Costa during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G match Sunday in Brazil.

Clint Dempsey of the United States is challenged by Portugal’s Bruno Alves (left) and Ricardo Costa during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G match Sunday in Brazil.

This just in….ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-2 tie against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, June 22, is the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers based on a 9.6 HH US rating. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC

Orlando came in tenth overall in the local TV ratings  as  six current or future MLS markets posted big numbers. Hartford, Providence, Norfolk and Baltimore all  adjacent to MLS markets, all posted big numbers locally.

The fact that big markets are drawing above the average rating for this game means we may see some very high total viewer numbers.

The top ten local markets show Washington (leading all with a 13.3 rating), Columbus, New York, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Atlanta, Baltimore, Norfolk, Orlando.

The match that will forever be remembered for its final 30 seconds with the USA up 2-1 before a brilliant crossing pass from Cristiano Ronaldo found the head of  Silvestre Varela who put the ball in the back of the net. The goal came the 95th minute of the game making it the latest goal ever scored in a World Cup game in history. It left the USA and Portugal tied at 2-2 and sets up a big showdown Thursday, June 26 at 11:30 am ET against Germany with the winner advancing to the knockout round, and the loser needing for Ghana to beat Portugal.

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