USA’s World Cup comeback against Wales watched by 11.7 million Americans – up five per cent from the 2014 tournament opener against Ghana when Gregg Berhalter’s men relinquished their lead in Qatar
The United States’ first 1-1 draw with Wales at the World Cup was watched by 11.7 million on its English and Spanish broadcasts, five percent more than the United States’ 2-1 win over Ghana at the start. from the 2014 tournament.
Monday’s game, which began at 2 p.m. EST, was watched by 8,306,000 for Fox’s English-language broadcast and 3.4 million for the Spanish-language offering on Telemundo, Telemundo digital and Peacock, part of Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal.
Fox said the game was watched by 563,000 viewers, the network’s most for the group stage since it took over US English-language rights for the 2018 tournament. There were 1.0 million broadcasts on Telemundo and Peacock, the World Cup game in Spanish with the most broadcasts.
The 2014 US premiere in Brazil, which began at 6 pm EDT on a Saturday in mid-June, was watched by 11.1 million on ESPN and 4.8 million on Univision.
11.7 million Americans watched the USMNT opener against Wales, 5% more than in 2014
Despite leading for most of the match, the USA allowed a penalty which Wales converted to tie it 1-1
That was below the 17.3 million on ABC and Univision for the Americans’ first 1-1 draw against England in South Africa in 2010, a game that began at 2:30 p.m. EDT on a Saturday in mid-June.
Fox’s average of 4,026,000 for its first three broadcasts this year was 193% higher than the 1,374,000 for the first three games of 2018, when the US didn’t qualify.
Telemundo’s coverage averaged 2.6 million in the first four games, 73% more than the 1.5 million in the first four games four years ago.
While the viewing numbers were impressive, the gameplay results weren’t quite as wonderful.
Fans will be on the edge of their seats this Friday for the second game of the USMNT against England.
After leading for most of the match, the United States allowed a crucial penalty kick in the final ten minutes of the game, which Wales converted to make it 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 this World Cup.
England put in a dominant performance against Iran in their first group game, winning by a score of 6-2.