USA vs. Portugal: World Cup Clash Is the Most-Watched Soccer Match in U.S. TV History

Jun 23, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Sunday's match between the United States and Portugal in the World Cup, in which Portugal scored a last-minute goal to force the U.S. to settle for a 2-2 draw, set a record as the most-watched soccer match in U.S. TV history, Reuters reports.

The audience on ESPN was reportedly 18.220 million, topping the previous high of 17.975 million for ABC's broadcast of the 1999 Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and China. For Sunday's game, another 6.5 million people reportedly watched on Spanish-language channel Univision.

"ESPN, which is owned by Walt Disney Co, has been setting U.S. viewing records during the World Cup in Brazil, where some games have aired during the U.S. prime time," the report notes.

The game topped last Monday's U.S.-Ghana game, which delivered 11 million viewers on ESPN and another 4.8 million on Univision.

Up next for the United States is a showdown with Germany, set for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN.

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