via press release:
FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 Audience Up 26 Percent on ESPN Networks
The 12 group stage matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 on ESPN and ESPN2 were seen by an average audience of 485,000 viewers (382,000 household impressions), an increase of 26 percent in viewers and 21 percent in television homes compared to the 384,000 viewers (315,000 household impressions) who watched the group stage matches during South Africa 2009.
Saturday’s Italy vs. Brazil match, seen by an average of 933,000 viewers (729,000 household impressions) delivered the most-watched Confederations Cup Group Play match on an ESPN network, surpassing the previous high – USA vs. Italy (June 15, 2009 on ESPN), seen by an average of 801,000 viewers (703,000 household impressions), according to Nielsen.
The top 10 markets for ESPN’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013: West Palm Beach (1.0), Richmond (0.9), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (0.8), San Francisco (0.7), Los Angeles (0.6), Hartford-New Haven (0.6), New York (0.6), Oklahoma City (0.6), Buffalo (0.6) and San Diego (0.6).
Through the 2013 Confederations Cup group stage, ESPN FC across online and mobile platforms has averaged 7.4 million page views (up 67 percent compared to the group stage of Confederations Cup in 2009) and 17 million minutes per day (source: Adobe SiteCatalyst). The biggest growth has been on mobile, with the ESPN FC mobile Web averaging 612,000 daily visitors (up 406 percent), registering an average of 3.3 million page views (up 420 percent) and spending an average of 7.4 million minutes. On ESPNFC.com, the site has logged 881,000 visitors per day (up 41 percent).
Confederations Cup Semifinals on ESPN:
ESPN’s coverage of the Confederations Cup continues with marquee semifinal matchups featuring four teams that have won 12 of the 19 FIFA World Cups (Brazil – 5; Italy – 4; Spain – 1; and Uruguay – 2). Highlights:
- Brazil vs. Uruguay (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ET) – A rematch of the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final when Uruguay defeated the heavily-favored Brazil 2-1 at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final resonates across the soccer-loving country to this date.
- Spain vs. Italy (Thursday, 2:30 p.m.) – A rematch of the UEFA European Football Championship 2012 final won by Spain 4-0 en route to its second straight European title.
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Schedule (subject to change):
|Wed, June 26||2:30 p.m.||Studio: Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas, Roberto Martinez Steve McManaman and Rubens Pozzi||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|Brazil vs. Uruguay (Semifinal I)Ian Darke and Stewart Robson|
|Thu, June 27||2:30 p.m.||Studio: Ley, Lalas, Martinez and McManaman||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|.||Spain vs. ItalyFernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno|
|Sun, June 30||11:45 a.m.||Studio: Ley, Lalas and McManaman||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|3rd Place Palomo and Moreno|
|5:30 p.m.||FinalDarke and Robson||ESPN/WatchESPN|