USA vs. Portugal: ESPN’s Highest-Rated World Cup Match

Match beats 7.0 rating for US initial World Cup run against Ghana

US vs. Portugal World Game Game, Highest Rated on ESPNAccording to Forbes, the USA versus Portugal soccer game was the highest rated World Cup match ever for ESPN. The match pulled a 9.1 Nielsen overnight rating, the highest ever overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2.

According to Nielsen, the match ranks as the third-highest men’s World Cup match of any round on any ESPN network – tied for ABC’s USA vs. Ghana round of 16 match in 2010; and behind ABC’s presentations of the 1994 World Cup final featuring Brazil vs. Italy (12.8 overnight rating), and the 1994 USA-Brazil round of 16 match (10.4 rating).

The U.S. team nearly won the match when they were up 2-1 with under 30 seconds left until Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to teammate Silvestre Varela who headed it into the goal resulting in a 2-2 draw.

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