US World Cup return vs Wales viewed by 11.7 million Americans – up five percent on 2014 tournament opener against Ghana as Gregg Berhalter’s men surrendered its lead late on in Qatar
The United States´ opening 1-1 draw with Wales at the World Cup was viewed by 11.7 million for its English- and Spanish-language broadcasts, up five percent from the Americans´ 2-1 win over Ghana to start the 2014 tournament.
The game Monday, which kicked off at 2 p.m. EST, was seen by 8,306,000 for Fox´s English-language telecast and 3.4 million for the Spanish-language offering on Telemundo, Telemundo digital and Peacock, part of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal.
Fox said the match was viewed by 563,000 on streams, the network´s group-stage high since taking over U.S. English-language rights for the 2018 tournament. There were 1.0 million streams on Telemundo and Peacock, the most-streamed Spanish-language World Cup match.
The 2014 U.S. opener in Brazil, which started at 6 p.m. EDT on a Saturday in mid-June, was seen by 11.1 million on ESPN and 4.8 million on Univision.
11.7 million Americans watched the USMNT’s opening match vs Wales, up 5% from 2014
Despite leading for most of the match, the USA gave up a penalty Wales converted to tie it 1-1
That was down from 17.3 million on ABC and Univision for the Americans´ opening 1-1 draw against England in South Africa in 2010, a game that started at 2:30 p.m. EDT on a Saturday in mid-June.
Fox´s average of 4,026,000 for its first three telecasts this year was up 193% from the 1,374,000 for the first three matches in 2018, when the U.S. failed to qualify.
Telemundo´s coverage averaged 2.6 million for the first four matches, up 73% from 1.5 million for the first four matches four years ago.
Fans will be on the edges of their seats this Friday for the USMNT’s second game vs England
While the viewing numbers were impressive, the results of the game were not as wonderous.
After leading for most of the match, the United States gave up a crucial penalty kick within the final ten minutes of the game – which Wales converted to bring things to 1-1.
Up next for the USMNT is a crucial and highly anticipated matchup against England that is sure to be one of the games to watch at this World Cup.
England put on a dominating performance against Iran in their group stage opener – winning by a score of 6-2.