TV ratings have been through the roof so far. This isn't really a surprise, but awesome to see nonetheless. The US-England game rated higher than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and higher than any of the first 5 games of the NBA finals (if I recall correctly). What would be nice is a fancy...
Chart? Ok, sure, a chart.
|Game and Time||Millions of Viewers|
|USA v. England (2:30pm EST, Saturday 6/12)||17.1|
|USA v. Slovenia (10am EST, Friday 6/18)||7.5|
|USA v. Algeria (10am EST, Wednesday 6/23)||8.4|
My first, tame question is: Does tomorrow's game out-draw the England game? Ghana isn't the motherland, but it's the knockout stages and people are in full World Cup fever. Does it hit 20M? 25? 30?
Now larger picture: ESPN dumped the money into this World Cup and has got the results they were looking for. This must lead to more soccer coverage right? Better awareness of WC qualifiers from the world-wide leader, nice cushy spots atop sportscenter, better coverage of La Liga and the EPL, etc, etc. American soccer fans can only hope.
Also, I find it remarkably awesome that 8.4 million people tuned into the game in the middle of a Wednesday workday. How much money did companies across the country lose for those two hours?