U.S.-Ghana sets ESPN viewing record
The United States' 2-1 victory over Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday had a 6.3 household U.S. rating with more than 11 million viewers and was the most-viewed men's football match ever on ESPN.
The match also had a 469,000 average minute audience on WatchESPN, which set a product record for an event with a total of 1,400,000 viewers, according to Nielsen.
The U.S.-Ghana match was ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed telecast since Jan. 6 when its BCS national championship coverage averaged a 14.4 U.S. household rating and 25,572,000 viewers-- the third largest audience in cable history.
Washington, D.C., led all markets for ESPN's U.S.-Ghana telecast with an 11.8 rating, followed by New York (10.2), Hartford-New Haven (10.1) and Boston (10.0) at a 10.0 rating or higher.