via press release:
2010 FIFA World Cup Continues with Quarterfinal Matches; Ratings and Viewership up Significantly
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa continues on ESPN and ABC with quarterfinal matches Friday and Saturday, July 2-3. The Netherlands vs. Brazil (Friday, 9:30 a.m., ESPN) and Argentina vs. Germany (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., ABC) highlight the weekend matchups. Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku will call the matches at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, while Ian Darke and John Harkes will be the commentator team for the two games in Johannesburg. The lead ESPN Radio commentator team of JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth is also in South Africa for the remainder of the tournament and will call the two matches in Johannesburg as well. ESPN 3D will offer coverage of three of four quarterfinal matches and both semifinals next week (July 6-7). Coverage of the matches will also be available on ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Deportes.
|Fri, Jul 2||9:30 a.m.||Netherlands vs. Brazil
Martin Tyler and Efan EkokuRoss Dyer and Shep Messing
|ESPN /ESPN3.comESPN Radio||Port Elizabeth|
|2 p.m.||Uruguay vs. Ghana
Ian Darke and John HarkesJP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
|ESPN /ESPN3.com / ESPN 3DESPN Radio||Johannesburg|
|Sat, Jul 3||9:30 a.m.||Argentina vs. Germany
Tyler and EkokuGlenn Davis and Kyle Martino
|ABC / ESPN 3D
|2 p.m.||Paraguay vs. Spain
Darke and HarkesDellacamera and Smyth
|ABC / ESPN 3D
|Tue, Jul 6||2 p.m.||Netherlands-Brazil winner vs.
Uruguay vs. Ghana winner
|ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN 3D / ESPN Radio||Cape Town|
|Wed, Jul 7||2 p.m.||Argentina vs. Germany winner vs.
Paraguay vs. Spain-Portugal winner
|ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN 3D / ESPN Radio||Durban|
Through the first 54 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the ESPN networks are averaging a 1.8 U.S. household rating, up 44 percent from the 2006 World Cup (1.3). Among viewers, the ESPN networks are showing a 56 percent gain over 2006 (2,839,000 vs. 1,817,000 viewers).