D.C. Still Loves the World Cup
The U.S. and Portugal played to a (last-second, extremely painful to watch the end of) 2-2 draw last night in Manaus, Brazil, and once again, the TV market where the match got the highest rating was D.C.
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
Last night's #USA-POR match notched ESPN's highest overnight rtg for a FIFA World Cup match (9.1), top 3 mkts: DC, Columbus, NY.
— Tara Chozet (@TaraESPN) June 23, 2014
The 9.1 nationwide rating for the broadcast, on ESPN2, was the highest rating ever for a soccer game on ESPN or ESPN2. In D.C., the 13.3 rating crushed that. The U.S. plays Germany at noon on Thursday in a game that will help decide whether the team advances to the tournament's knockout rounds; expect more high ratings then, and also expect a lot of your colleagues to have two-hour lunch meetings.