Final World Cup Ratings

Neil Best of Newsday reports that ABC drew 17.3 million viewers for yesterday’s World Cup final. Univision drew another 9.2 million. Just taking the ABC viewers brings the World Cup final very close to the viewers for Game 5 of the NBA Finals (18 million)  and Game 6 of last year’s World Series (19.2). Throw in the Univision viewers and the World Cup is much higher than either of those.

Those aren’t football ratings, but they are big numbers. The 2018 World Cup probably won’t come close to those numbers because it will be contested seven time zones ahead of us, but it will be very interesting to see where soccer stands in four years.

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