Sunday’s World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland averaged 8.4 million viewers across FS1, Telemundo and NBCSN in the Seleção’s first game of the tournament.
The Spanish-language broadcast of the game was watched by 4,350,000 viewers across Telemundo and NBCSN, while FOX Sports averaged 4,086,000 viewers for a game that was televised on FS1 instead of FOX because the main FOX network was contractually obligated to broadcast the US Open golf tournament.
Combined, the 8.4 million viewership for Brazil-Switzerland was based on television. Digitally, the game averaged 215,000 viewers on FOX’s streaming platforms compared to 200,000 across Telemundo Deportes’ streaming apps and website.
For FOX Sports, the television-only audience makes the match the most-watched English-language soccer telecast in the U.S. since the Euro 2016 final and is up +119% over the 2010 World Cup Group Stage average, excluding U.S. matches, and up +58% over the 2014 Group Stage average, excluding U.S. matches.
Brazil’s next game is Friday at 8am ET against Costa Rica on FS1 and Telemundo.