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Spain's World Cup win gets record audience in America

SPAIN

Almost 25 million people in the United States watched Spain beat the Netherlands and take the World Cup Sunday. That is is a record audience for a telecast of a soccer game here.

According to Nielsen, 24.3 million people watched the game, which ran two-and-a-half-hours. Walt Disney Co.'s ABC had 15.5 million viewers while Univision drew 8.8 million viewers.

The appeal of soccer has been growing steadily in the United States for years and the 24.3 million figure is not far behind the 28.2 million that tuned into Game 7 of the NBA final between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boson Celtics last month.

Overall, ESPN said its coverage of 64 matches averaged about 3.3 million viewers on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. That's a 41% improvement from 2006, when the games averaged 2.3 million viewers. 

For trivia buffs and vuvuzela blowers, the second-most-watched match was between the U.S. and Ghana at the end of June. That battle, which knocked the U.S. out of the competition, averaged 19.4 million viewers. The third-most-watched game was between Brazil and Italy in 1994, which was seen by 18 million.

-- Joe Flint 

Photo: Spain celebrates. Credit: Miguel Riopa / AFP/Getty Images.

 
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i watch all the world cup games.. and i am happy that spain win the world cup final...

The beautiful game is already America's game!!!Thierry Henry will officially be unveiled as Nw York RB player on Wednesday...good things are happening for futbol in the US. I hope we get the WC in 2022.

I would say the WC was a success all around. Cant wait for 2014!

Finally 3 good comments and not from some trolls who hate the sport and either arent smart enough to surf away from the article or just troll around to post some lame comment. From a longtime soccer and World Cup fanatic i am so glad ESPN transmitted the games the way they should be. Uncut, no commercials, very good announcers, their pre-game and post game was great. Now if only we can get the 2022 Cup because its looking as if England will get the 2018. And you bet cant wait till the 2014 Cup in Brasil. By the way, i attended all the games at the rose bowl, including semi and final in 94. fyi to any trolls out there.

good for soccer. but how do you get "almost 25 million" from 24.3?

Just out of interest, how many viewers did this year's 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' Indianapolis 500 race get on ABC?

SPAIN has been the fair winner of 2010's WC. They have demonstrate as a team the values of teamwork, sacrifice and work that have led them up to win the golden trophy. So proud fo the players and my country.

VIVA ESPAÑA!!!!!!!!

700,000 from 25,000,000 is how you get almost 25,000,000.

ESPAÑA ES LA CAMPEONA DEL MUNDO, CASILLAS ERES EL PUTO AMO, IGUAL QUE INIESTA, OS QUIEROOOOO!!! MIRA YO VIVO EN LOS ANGELES, PERO SOY ESPAÑOLA Y ESTUVE EN JOHANNESBURGO, EN EL PARTIDO Y DESPUES DEL TRIUNFO ME FUI A CELEFRARLO A MADRID,
IKER CASILLAS QUE HUEVOS TUVISTE PARA BESAR A SARA CARBONERO EN DIRECTO, BUENO SI YO FUESE TU TAMBIEN LO HARIA.
UN BESO, Y LO SIGUINTE A POR LA EUROCOPA DE 2012 Y EL MUNDIAL DE 2014.
SOMOS LOS MEJORES

Continuan censurando los comentarios no afines en el blog El Catalejo "Manolo Escobar, rey de Twitter"del periodico El Mundo. Varios comentarios que habia antes han desaparecido misteriosamente. Es curioso, porque eran comentarios criticos.

i love spain , i love soccer , i love nadal , i love alonso , i love balonmano ciudad real

Now we know how many illegal immigrants are in the country.

We ignored the dumbells at ABC.

Watching ALL the games on Univision was so much more fun. Whether you spoke Spanish (lots of different dialects were spoken by the commentators) or not was irrelevant.

It was like a Lakers game with Chick Hearns..... ABC, OTOH, knows how to make futbol boring.

But I thought Americans hated soccer??!!! ;-) Great World Cup all around, drama, upsets, high scoring games...let's do it again in four!

its by far the world best sport and will be in America soon, but lets call it football and not soccer.

This is a great thing. I watched all of the world cup games, split between ESPN/ABC and Univision, depending on the match and who I viewed them with. I must say ESPN did an amazing job, with knowledgeable commentators and pre/post match analysis. A small adjustment I would suggest is to add flavor to some of the Goal calls, something many of us have gotten used to from viewing and hearing games commentated by various foreign media outlets. It adds so much flavor to the game. Otherwise, excellent work and much improved from previous cups. Can't wait for Brasil 2014, that promises to be an amazing cup!!!

campeones campeones oe oe from malaga spain

im spanish. i love america

boring Spain!...... Germany for Euro 2012

VIVA La Madre Patria! I watch all the partidos en Univision, even though the locutores were not that good. I love it when they yell SE LA PERDIO!!! sounds good and I cannot wait until Brasil 2014 when Mexico will win the World Cup for the first time.

Soccer is still the next big thing. It's been the next big thing since the early '70's, when the NASL was in its heyday, but it's still the biggest next big thing.


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