ESPN/ABC has announced the TV ratings for the USA-England match from Saturday, and they weren't too shabby. The two-hour match window averaged a 7.3 household rating (8,391,000 households and 12,956,000 viewers) based on fast nationals. The three-hour telecast, which included one hour of pre-match coverage, delivered a 6.1 household rating (7,034,000 households, and 10,763,000 viewers). In addition, 3.8 million watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision. These totals surpass both Game 4 of NBA Finals (12.8 million) and game 6 of Stanley Cup Playoffs (8.28 million).
For some perspective, the Guardian in England is reporting that an average of 17.65 million folks watched the game in England on ITV. Counting the Spanish-language broadcasts in the U.S., only 1 million more people watched the game in England than the U.S.
The game was also the most-watched ESPN soccer match in Kansas City history! The U.S.-England match ranks as the highest-rated World Cup game on the ESPN networks for 19 of the 56 metered markets, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Greenville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Norfolk, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Tulsa.
For more on World Cup ratings thus far, click here. So far, viewership is through the roof compared with 2006.