The matchup between the U.S. and Ghana may have been disappointing to U.S. viewers given the home team’s loss, but it scored big for ESPN/ABC, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Among U.S. viewers, the match-up became the most watched men’s game in FIFA World Cup history, the article says. About 14.9 million viewers tuned in to ABC between 2:30 p.m. and 5:12 p.m. on Saturday, according to Nielsen. The only soccer match to lure more viewers was the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China, which drew 17.97 million viewers. Saturday’s game reached a peak audience from 4:30 p.m to 5 p.m., when 17.6 million viewers tuned in, the story adds.
Univision also reported record numbers, with 4.5 million viewers giving the Spanish-language network the largest viewership ever for U.S. World Cup game, it said.