I wrote earlier in the week that D.C. was ranked second out of the 56 metered U.S. markets in ESPN/ABC World Cup ratings through Sunday's games. The combined ESPN/ABC ratings in this market were a 3.5, translating to about 81,000 households, not including the Spanish-language broadcasts. That was behind only Miami.
Well, the overnight numbers are in for the U.S. group-clinching win over Algeria, and it's more evidence that this is one of the nation's futboliest markets. The D.C. market was fourth among metered markets (with a 5.4 rating), while the Baltimore market was second (with a 6.4). Move United North!
(Just joking. Never do that. But keep inviting those nice Baltimore folks to come down and visit us.)
The overall number for all 56 metered markets was a 4.4, second only behind the U.S. quarterfinal with German in 2002 among ESPN/ESPN2 World Cup games.
For the third U.S. game in a row, San Diego led all metered markets, this time with an 8.9 rating. Another Pacific time zone city, San Francisco, was third.