Netherlands-Argentina Sets New Record – ESPN’s Highest Overnight Rating for a FIFA World Cup Semifinal Match

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Netherlands-Argentina Sets New Record – ESPN’s Highest Overnight Rating for a FIFA World Cup Semifinal Match

ESPN’s telecast of Wednesday’s Netherlands vs. Argentina FIFA World Cup semifinal match – a 0-0 tie in which Argentina advanced to the Final past Netherlands in a penalty kick shootout at Arena de Sao Paulo –averaged a 4.3 overnight rating, setting a new record as the highest overnight rating for a World Cup semifinal match on ESPN or ESPN2, according to Nielsen. 

The rating surpassed the previous record – a 4.1 overnight rating for Tuesday’s Brazil-Germany semifinal match. The 2014 FIFA World Cup now holds the top-two ESPN overnight ratings spots for semifinals in the quadrennial tournament. (Note: No World Cup semifinal match has ever aired on ABC).

Top 10 markets for Netherlands-Argentina: Baltimore (7.1), New York (7.0), Washington, DC (6.9), Hartford/New Haven (6.7), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (6.3), San Diego (6.3), San Francisco (6.1), Providence (5.8), Boston (5.3), and Columbus and Richmond/Petersburg (tied – 5.1). 

Through 62 matches, the ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC networks are averaging a 3.0 metered market rating, an increase of 30 percent compared to the first 62 matches in 2010 (2.3). The semifinals in 2014 averaged a 4.2 overnight rating, up 50 percent from the two-match average in 2010 (2.8).

To date, the highest-rated markets on the ESPN networks are: Washington, DC (4.7), New York (4.4), San Francisco (4.2), Los Angeles (3.8), San Diego (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (3.6), Orlando (3.6), Richmond/Petersburg (3.4) and West Palm Beach (3.4). 

Fast national ratings and viewership numbers are expected to be available this afternoon.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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