2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final – U.S. Men’s National Team's Biggest Audience Outside the World Cup

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June 30th, 2009

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2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final – U.S. Men’s National Team's Biggest Audience Outside the World Cup

Sunday’s 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final live on ESPN from Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, – a 3-2 victory for Brazil over the United States – was the most-watched non-FIFA World Cup match featuring the U.S. Men’s Soccer National Team on the network, with an average of 3.945 million viewers.  The telecast, aired Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. ET, was seen by an average of 2.556 million television homes, based on a 2.6 rating.

The match, in which Brazil, No. 5 in the FIFA World Rankings, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first half to defeat the 14th ranked U.S. Team, also delivered the third largest audience for a U.S. Men’s National Team match on ESPN, trailing two World Cup matches – June 21, 2002, Germany vs. U.S., seen by 5.335 million viewers, and June 22, 1994, U.S. vs. Colombia, seen by 4.810 million viewers.

The five most-viewed U.S. Men’s Team matches:

Date

Event

Matchup

Viewers (P2+)

HH Imps

Rating

June 21, 2002

2002 World Cup-Qtr-final

Germany vs. U.S.

5,335,000

3,772,000

4.4

June 22, 1994

1994 World Cup-1st RD

U.S. vs. Colombia

4,810,000

2,686,000

4.3

June 28, 2009

FIFA Confed Cup-Final

U.S. vs. Brazil

3,945,000

2,556,000

2.6

June 22, 2006

2006 World Cup-1st RD

Ghana vs. U.S.

3,819,000

2,902,000

3.2

June 16, 2002

2002 World Cup-2nd RD

Mexico vs. U.S.

2,935,000

1,983,000

2.3

 
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