Ratings: World Cup scores record numbers; Daytime Emmys lukewarm

Saturday’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana delivered record ratings for ABC and Univision, which both aired the game. The game was seen by a whopping 19.4 million viewers between the two networks, and was the most watched soccer game ever in the U.S., beating the previous record of 18.1 million for the 1994 Italy/Brazil final match.

Meanwhile, things were more lukewarm for CBS’ airing of the Daytime Emmys last night. The awards show was only watched by 5.6 million viewers, which was still a boost from last year’s ceremony which aired on The CW.


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  • rerun

    I guess the lack of comments says it all. Oh, and I guess, FIRST, and also LAST!

    • Jim

      Clever…
      Watched the soccer game at a bar. Had a blast (aside from the losing). Great news about the record numbers, but still kind of low for all the coverage the World Cup was getting.

  • Sarah

    I was following the game on my phone and got home to watch the very end. Thanks team USA for getting me interested in the World Cup!

  • Sideways Jack

    Wow, I would have guessed USA’s victory over Mexico in 2002 would’ve been the highest. It’s probably not because those games were at the wee hours of the morning. Still what a disappointing outing again by the US. There’s no excuse for getting scored on so early 3 out of 4 games.

  • Anne

    I started to watch the Daytime Emmys but then felt kind of icky doing so — other than PARTS of the Dick Clark tribute, it was far too cheesy. Why should anyone take daytime seriously if the only thing the industry can say about itself is “here’s another hot girl” or “how about the abs on that soap star”? And, good grief, could someone please put Regis Philbin out of EVERYONE’S misery?
    *
    I watched The Weather Channel instead. Note to Emmy programmers — when Local on the 8’s is more interesting than your show, it’s time to reevaluate.

  • Noah

    It shocks me to see ‘record numbers’ when it comes to soccer. For most countries, soccer is the national sport. Countries such as Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Germany, etc, the country shuts down because every single person is watching the game. Creating that support and priority to their country’s soccer team is incredible. All children want to be in that team and therefore competition and the level of players is superior to here in the US. Once we cherish and nurture soccer like other countries does, the US can be a contender to win the world cup. But until then, let’s not create higher expectations for an US soccer team that is only starting to get people ‘interested’ in the sport. As a citizen of this country, I want to live to see the day my job closes its doors so that all of its employees can watch their country make it to the finals and win it all (like Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Russia, Spain, and all strong soccer countries do)! And if people are worry about profit, research shows that people work harder when they are reinforced with something that they truly enjoy. It’s a win-win! Happy employees make excellent and efficient work!
    _Noah_

  • Jennifer

    Has anyone heard of the new Net10 special plan for the World Cup? These guys are really stepping it up for a pay as you go plan. You can call 1-877-Net10-80 from your Net10 phone for the latest World Cup scores. Definitely a cool feature for you soccer fans who are also Net10 users.

  • Karen

    Yes, getting the score right from your phone is quite cool. I used it the other day for the Germany vs. Argentina game. Thanks Net10, although it sucks not being able to see it live!

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