When last we checked in with ESPN’s World Cup ratings, D.C. was the country’s top English-language market, both for the U.S.-Ghana opener and for the tournament as a whole. A week later, nothing’s changed. ESPN’s Sunday night broadcast of the U.S.-Portugal 2-2 tie received a 13.3 overnight rating in Washington, easily making this the top English-language market in the country, over Columbus (12.6), New York (12.5) and Boston (11.5).
USA-Portugal posts a 9.1 overnight; DC -13.3, Columbus-12.6, NYC- 12.5, Boston- 11.5, Hartford/New Haven-11.3, Providence-11.2, ATL 11.1 — Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) June 23, 2014
Baltimore (11.0) and Norfolk (10.5) also made the top 10 nationally, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.
USA-Portugal drew a 17.2 rating in DC on ESPN/Univision combined. In DC, the game drew a 13.3 rating on ESPN and a 3.9 rating on Univision. — John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) June 23, 2014
And through the first two rounds of group play, D.C. continues to lead the overall ratings on the ESPN family of networks. D.C. has averaged a 5.0 rating on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, well ahead of New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), and Orlando (3.8). Richmond is tied for 9th in the country with a 3.5 average. Overall, Sunday night’s U.S. game averaged a 9.1 overnight rating, the highest ever for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2. The 9.1 tied the rating for the U.S.-Ghana round of 16 match in 2010, which aired on ABC. (The U.S.-Ghana game last week on ESPN averaged a 7.0 nationally according to the overnights, and recorded an 11.8 rating in Washington.)
ESPN says U.S.-Portugal game drew a 9.1 overnight rating. To help w/a comparison: NBA’s 2012 Eastern Conference Final G7 (MIA/BOS) had same. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 23, 2014