Record Audience for ESPN2’s FIFA World Cup Draw: Nightly Soccer Report
Last Friday’s Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2 averaged 489,000 viewers, based on a 0.3 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched FIFA World Cup Draw on the ESPN networks, according to Nielsen Media.
The audience grew by 34 percent in viewers and 14 percent in households over the previous high for a World Cup Draw on ESPN’s networks. The 1994 World Cup Draw held in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 19, 1993 was seen by an average 364,000 viewers and 309,000 television households.
The top five markets were: Las Vegas (1.2), Baltimore (0.8), Miami (0.8), Cincinnati (0.8) and Orlando (0.7).
Live ESPN2 coverage on WatchESPN and the world feed on ESPN3 collectively generated 189,500 unique viewers and 5.2 million live minutes, making it the most-watched live event on WatchESPN on Friday, Dec. 6.
World Soccer Talk was at ESPN’s headquarters for the FIFA World Cup Draw, and will be bringing you exclusive behind-the-scenes video and interviews in the coming weeks.
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
UEFA Champions League
- Manchester City storm back to stun Bayern Munich in Champions League — Metro
- Galatasaray-Juventus rescheduled for Wednesday — UEFA
- Where They Stand: Who’s in, who’s out after Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League action — Pro Soccer Talk
- Roy Keane lays into Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young after Man United win — The Mail
- Barcelona to offer £37m for Manchester United striker Robin van Persie — The Independent
- Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o will head to Major League Soccer at end of season — The Guardian
- Liverpool hire another attractive blonde female presenter for their American audience — 101GG
- Sounders FC acquires goalkeeper Stefan Frei — Seattle Sounders
- Colorado Rapids legend Pablo Mastroeni retires — Colorado Rapids
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