Telemundo’s coverage of Mexico’s World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday netted the largest audience for El Tri on any network this year.
The Oct. 15 telecast of Mexico’s 2-1 loss to Costa Rica – El Tri, thanks to the United States scoring a pair of goals in stoppage time against Panama, can still qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil – averaged 4.64 million viewers, including 2.81 million persons 18 to 49, according to Nielsen data.
That audience, according to Telemundo executives, was the largest for any network carrying Mexican men's national team matches in 2013, topping the 4.6 million that watched El Tri beat Panama in the Oct. 10 WCQ that aired on UniMas (the former TeleFutura).
Called by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andres Cantor alongside analyst Sammy Sadovnik, Telemundo's presentation of Mexico-Costa Rica reached 8 million viewers, including 4.7 million adults 18 to 49.
Mexico finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, meaning it must now engage in a home-and-away series with New Zealand next month. Should El Tri finish ahead on aggregate, it will join the U.S., Costa Rica and Honduras as the CONCACAF entrants in the 2014 World Cup finals from Brazil next June/July.