ESPN Nets 2.2 Million for USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier

Americans' 2-0 Win Matches Best-Ever 1.4 HH Rating
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Tuesday's FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and Mexico averaged 2.24 million viewers for ESPN. That was the network's second-most viewed World Cup Qualifier or international friendly match ever, behind only the two countries' meeting in March.

The Americans' 2-0 win over Mexico, which officially punched the USA's ticket to next summer's World Cup in Brazil, also matched ESPN's best-ever rating with a 1.4 HH mark. The two USA-Mexico World Cup qualifying matches have helped boost the average rating for the current round of qualifiers on ESPN networks by 60% (0.8) compared to the 2010 qualifiers (0.5). The qualifying match between the USA and Panama in June ranks third in those measurements with a 0.8 rating and 1.43 million viewers.

Columbus, Ohio, (where the match was held) was the top market for the telecast with a 5.1 rating.

Five Most-Viewed World Cup Qualifying or International Friendly Matches on ESPN or ESPN2:

Tue, March 26, 2013
Mexico vs. USA (WCQ)
ESPN
1.4
2,385,000

Tue, Sept 10, 2013
USA vs. Mexico (WCQ)
ESPN
1.4
2,243,000

Tue, June 12, 2013
USA vs. Panama (WCQ)
ESPN
0.8
1,436,000

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
USA vs. Mexico (WCQ)
ESPN2
0.7
1,191,000

Wed, May 30, 2012
USA vs. Brazil (Friendly)
ESPN2
0.6
1,128,000

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