Washington still dominating World Cup ratings


The scene in Chicago’s Grant Park. (Scott Olson/Getty)

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).

Baltimore (11.0) and Norfolk (10.5) also made the top 10 nationally, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.

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.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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