SAO PAULO (AP) — The United States’ 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men’s World Cup match on ESPN’s networks despite the 9 a.m. PDT kickoff.
The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN and was seen by 10.77 million viewers, ESPN said Friday. Viewers peaked at 12.06 million during the final half hour.READ MORE: Man Shot To Death By Azusa Police
With the early start for Thursday’s game against Germany, the match was seen by a record 1.05 million on the WatchESPN app.
The game trailed only last weekend’s 2-2 draw between the U.S. and Portugal, which received a 9.6 rating and was seen by 18.22 million viewers on ESPN and 24.7 million overall, including Spanish-language coverage on Univision.READ MORE: 3 Killed In Fiery Wreck In Burbank
The Americans’ opening 2-1 victory over Ghana on June 16 got a 6.3 rating and 11.09 million viewers. The first two games started at 3 p.m. PDT.
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The rating is the percentage of viewers tuned to the program among the households the network is available in.