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Almost 16 million viewers watched USA-Ghana

American fans

American fans

Univision averaged 4.8 million viewers for its coverage of the USA-Ghana match on Monday, bringing the total audience for the World Cup thriller in Natal to 15.9 million.

ESPN averaged a record of almost 11.1 million for the Group G match won by the USA, 2-1.

The total of 15.9 million viewers for the match was more than double the 6 million viewers for Friday’s New York-Los Angeles game in the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals and within two million of the 17.9 million viewers for Sunday’s San Antonio-Miami game in the NBA finals.

What makes the numbers so remarkable is the high number of soccer fans who watched the USA game outside their household at watch parties at bars or restaurants or outdoor viewing events.

The USA-Ghana match pushed the average for the first 14 games of the World Cup on the Disney networks — ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC — to 4.1 million viewers, an increase of 23 percent over the 2010 World Cup. Univision’s viewership is up 48 percent over 2010.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    Our defenders are all useless,they need to be replaced by tall,strong,powerful local defenders.They can’t read,anticipate a move at this stage its not good enough.We played one of the best football in the first round only to lose due to some childish,amateurish defending.They are not fit for the job.John Boye and Jonathan Mensah should never be called to the Black Stars,they simply not good enough,likewise the lateral defenders,they all not good.Too short,not too strong,can’t anticipate moves,they can’t defend to even save themselves.

    We have to forgo the idea that playing in Europe means you are good,we have to select our best players from our local league into the national side.How can so called European based players be childish,amateurish and stupid in their defending? Is not good enough.We played good football only to bee let down by a pathetic defending/defence.