Almost 1 million homes tuned in ESPN2 to watch the United States upset
Portugal in its World Cup opener Wednesday morning.
The stunning 3-2 triumph June 5 was seen in an average of 998,000 TV homes,
the most ever for a soccer match on ESPN2, even though the contest kicked off at
ESPN2 scored a 1.19 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
The U.S.-Portugal battle topped a 1998 World Cup quarterfinal match between
Italy and eventual champion France, which attracted 834,000 homes.
The United States will attempt to advance in the globe's most popular
sporting event when it plays host South Korea June 10 at 2:25 a.m. and Poland
June 15 at 7:25 a.m.