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Confederations Cup Viewership Up 26% On ESPN Compared to 2009

confederations cup espn Confederations Cup Viewership Up 26% On ESPN Compared to 2009

Not including today’s semi-final, the first 12 matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 on ESPN and ESPN2 were seen by an average audience of 485,000 viewers, an increase of 26 percent in viewers to the 384,000 average who watched the matches during 2009.

The numbers are impressive when you consider that there’s no USA men’s national team like there was four years ago.

Last weekend’s Italy against Brazil match was viewed by 933,000 viewers, which surpassed the previous high in the US for a Confederations Cup match of 801,000 for Italy-USA from 2009.

The top 10 markets for ESPN’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013: West Palm Beach (1.0), Richmond (0.9), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (0.8), San Francisco (0.7), Los Angeles (0.6), Hartford-New Haven (0.6), New York (0.6), Oklahoma City (0.6), Buffalo (0.6) and San Diego (0.6).

With a final on Sunday that will feature Brazil against either Spain or Italy, it’s likely that the 2013 Confederations Cup Final may end up being the most watch Confederations Cup game yet.

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5 Responses to Confederations Cup Viewership Up 26% On ESPN Compared to 2009

  1. CTBlues says:

    Hartford-New Haven what what!

    • The Gaffer says:

      My town is in first place, which is surprising because there’s no soccer pubs in the city. Maybe that’s why the TV ratings are so good!

      The Gaffer

      • SF says:


        Like almost all good NYers my parents retired down there and I have been surprised that despite all the European/So. American ethnic folks living there it is surprisingly not that football-focused. Still nice to see the ratings up though.

        • The Gaffer says:

          There are a few busy pubs that show soccer, but they’re in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. No one has the vision to open one up in West Palm Beach. If I had the funding, I’d do it!

          The Gaffer

  2. Peder Nielsen says:

    Confederations Cup 2013.

    Hi, I am a Swedish guy and soccer fan, who would be very pleased if there is information available that shows how many viewers there was game by game in C.C. on world-wide basis.

    yours faithfully
    Peder Nielsen

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