5:00 pm - 07/14/2014

People In 'Murrica Watched The World Cup Final Therefore USA Wins The World Cup Too

More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision.

The month-long World Cup also was responsible for more than 3 billion interactions on Facebook and 672 million messages on Twitter, the social media companies said on Monday.

An estimated 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany's extra-time win on Sunday afternoon, the Nielsen company said. The game had 17.3 million viewers on ABC and another 9.2 million on the Spanish-language Univision. In addition, just over 750,000 people were watching the game during a typical minute online through services provided by each network.

The 2010 finale between Spain and the Netherlands, along with the U.S. team's 2-2 draw against Portugal earlier in this year's tournament, both had 24.7 million viewers.

Given the growing interest in the tournament as it went along, the size of the audience for the final game wasn't that big a surprise, said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president of programming. The tournament as a whole exceeded expectations for ESPN, and surprised Guglielmino in the way it permeated U.S. culture as no World Cup has before.

The average viewership for all 64 World Cup matches was up 39 percent over 2010 on ESPN and its sister station ABC, and 34 percent on Univision, Nielsen said.

"We all knew that everything was in place to be well-delivered to the audience and we needed a good performance by the teams, and that happened," said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Univision sports president.

At least until some cautious games in the knockout round, play was more wide-open with increased scoring and that was appealing to viewers, the executives said. The event also had stories that transcended the games itself, with Uruguay's Luis Suarez suspended for biting another player and host Brazil's historic meltdown against Germany.

On ESPN, tournament games averaged 4.56 million television viewers, compared to the 1.04 million viewers for games in the 2002 World Cup that were in Korea and Japan.

World Cup organizers FIFA said that more than a billion fans worldwide accessed information about the tournament through its digital platforms. "This has been the first truly mobile and social World Cup," said FIFA President Septic Bladder.

Facebook said 88 million people made a total of 280 million posts or "likes" about the final game. The most social "moment" of the tournament on Facebook, however, was right after Germany scored four goals in seven minutes during its semifinal victory against Brazil.

On Twitter, the Brazil-Germany match exceeded the final game for most tweets.

Both ESPN and Univision invested heavily to make the tournament an immersive experience, signing up former players for hours of discussion between match times.

Univision went high-tech, with virtual reality displays that pitted famed players from different eras against one another. The company also worked with an Israeli company to invest in technology that allowed its feed of games to appear on the network some five or six seconds before its English-speaking rival.

"We're the real home of soccer in America, regardless of language," Rodriguez said. He predicted that ratings for the Copa America Centenario tournament in 2016, which will match the best teams in North and South America, will exceed this year's World Cup on his network.

The ratings performance was a little bittersweet for ESPN and Univision, however. Both networks were outbid for the rights to broadcast the 2018 World Cup in Russia. BYE LALAS NOBODY WILL FUCKING MISS YOU

So there was a little gamesmanship involved. Guglielmino said the intention was to create a "high bar" for Fox when it broadcasts the 2018 tournament. Given that the games in Russia will take place at inconvenient times in the U.S. market, Fox may be hard-pressed to beat these ratings.

"At the end of the day, a lot of us are just as competitive as some of the people we cover," Guglielmino said.
Very proud that the USA finally acknowledged the greatness that is the World Cup and its hotass players.

Im so going to miss all of our ontd football boyfriends being in the same country at the same time
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reasontorhyme 15th-Jul-2014 12:26 am (UTC)
I need more Bastian Schweinsteiger in my life.
wetnasty 15th-Jul-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
reasontorhyme 15th-Jul-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Don't give me that look.
I am in a dark, Bavarian place.

Send help.
piratesswoop 15th-Jul-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
what is this gif from?
anolinde 15th-Jul-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to know, what's the story behind this gif?
lucky_latkes 15th-Jul-2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Your statement is not about AMERICA and therefore inaccurate.
sevenbeat 15th-Jul-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
fix it jesus
cantlogoff 15th-Jul-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
ikr, i need more of the entire german team in my life. the wc wasn't enough!
rare_lj 15th-Jul-2014 12:45 am (UTC)
Follow Podolski twitter because he's obsessed right now
hesreallydivine 15th-Jul-2014 12:48 am (UTC)
yes please. actually, all the team.
anterrabre 15th-Jul-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm following hm on Facebook and he sees to be a sweetheart. He also posts nice pics.
reciprocidad 15th-Jul-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
I need more of the whole team in my life (minus Götze tbh)
dirkismyhomeboy 15th-Jul-2014 01:08 am (UTC)

rlmoonyk 15th-Jul-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
ilh. My lion prince
pamelalillian 15th-Jul-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
robintheshrew 15th-Jul-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
missjersey 15th-Jul-2014 12:27 am (UTC)

Accurate title, OP. Germany may have won the WC but we won WWII!!!

Jk, jk. I'm really happy more Americans are into soccer. It's such a great sport and fun to watch with a group of people.
lucky_latkes 15th-Jul-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
tres_francais 15th-Jul-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
genbu_no_miko24 15th-Jul-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
muzicnem 15th-Jul-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Lmao ikr

I need that on a shirt
missjersey 15th-Jul-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
executivehpfan 15th-Jul-2014 12:32 am (UTC)
This beautiful comment
punishermax 15th-Jul-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
God bless this nation of ours ~an eagle flies by, showering everyone with hamburgers~
rare_lj 15th-Jul-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Every time I read caw caw I think about Arrested Development chicken dance
sevenbeat 15th-Jul-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
2018 will be justice for #CONCACAF
dizzy879 15th-Jul-2014 01:01 am (UTC)
midnight_lite 15th-Jul-2014 02:14 am (UTC)
simona14 15th-Jul-2014 02:21 am (UTC)
jigglemypuff 15th-Jul-2014 12:28 am (UTC)
This is the first time I've watched it. I'm not sure why, but this year seemed more exciting than past years.
ourferocity 15th-Jul-2014 12:58 am (UTC)
i've watched since 1990 AND IT WAS
kobewife1 15th-Jul-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
me too. I didn't think I would have liked it but I loved it. It was a great experience.
itspokerface 15th-Jul-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
This is my third time watching and it definitely was way more exciting
jela_ow 15th-Jul-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
It really was!
porcupinegloves 15th-Jul-2014 02:22 am (UTC)
everyone is saying that it was
canuckgirl33 15th-Jul-2014 03:34 am (UTC)
It truly was. It is the first time, since 1994, that I actually feel a huge void in my life, so I've been trolling the web for highlights
fauxkaren 15th-Jul-2014 12:28 am (UTC)
spanishsaharaa 15th-Jul-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Ann Coulter will not be happy.
missjersey 15th-Jul-2014 12:30 am (UTC)
My friends told me about what she said since I'm the biggest soccer fan they know, and what she said was so contrived and dumb that I couldn't even get mad.
punishermax 15th-Jul-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Ann Coulter is a pretty obvious troll and it baffles me that people still get riled up by her
espressotorte 15th-Jul-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
MTE, its her schtick
genbu_no_miko24 15th-Jul-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
flamed65 15th-Jul-2014 12:42 am (UTC)
That's probably why she has a gay fanbase lol they know not to take care srsly
chuk_is_dazzled 15th-Jul-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
boondocks was right about her
goldengal1193 15th-Jul-2014 12:55 am (UTC)
ikr? It's insane
politic_ennui 15th-Jul-2014 02:22 am (UTC)
funhouse 15th-Jul-2014 12:30 am (UTC)
slay a bit
executivehpfan 15th-Jul-2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Give it another Cup or two and we'll be snatching up the grand prize, too.

disney_doctrine 15th-Jul-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
good luck usnmt!

joaniemaloney 15th-Jul-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
this is soooooo cute
arcticmonkeys 15th-Jul-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
canuckgirl33 15th-Jul-2014 03:36 am (UTC)
The US is almost there
missjersey 15th-Jul-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
reasontorhyme 15th-Jul-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
How would one get Alexi Lalas' job though.
He has to go.
grande_latte 15th-Jul-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
he's gone. he is no more
reasontorhyme 15th-Jul-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
I hope they don't replace him with Landon Donovan
pamelalillian 15th-Jul-2014 02:30 am (UTC)

Best news ever!!!!
canuckgirl33 15th-Jul-2014 03:37 am (UTC)
For real?
funk2funky 15th-Jul-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
ESPN is kaput.Fox has got the rights for the upcoming world cup. God bless, finally some good coverage, praying for better analysts and commentators.
punishermax 15th-Jul-2014 12:36 am (UTC)
midnight_lite 15th-Jul-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
maaaan this used to be my jam lol
lurkurheartout 15th-Jul-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
tbh i still can't believe germany won yesterday. it hasn't settled in yet. ahhhhhhhh
blacktinbox 15th-Jul-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
NOOOOOO @Univision not broadcasting the World Cup next time.

They're the fucking best. 😞😞😞
agentnever 15th-Jul-2014 12:55 am (UTC)

missjersey 15th-Jul-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
What?! Who's going to announce "GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL" for me now?
yim_yames 15th-Jul-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Andrés Cantor who is famous for his GOOOOOOL
dizzy879 15th-Jul-2014 01:11 am (UTC)

Some of the things they said had me laughing:

"el joven Hummels"

"Alli va Robben, no lo toquen"

"Y como simpre, Robben se va volando"


"Shvine Tiger" (when pronouncing Schweinsteiger)

yim_yames 15th-Jul-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm going to miss el profe Bracamontes and el Perro Bermudez sfm
cl0vergirl 15th-Jul-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
this is bullshit! it was the only way for me to watch on tv since i haven't had cable for over a decade.
rlmoonyk 15th-Jul-2014 01:35 am (UTC)
I won't survive without them wailing goooooooall
I would always run to turn to them when someone scored
threeatatimejay 15th-Jul-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
nene718 15th-Jul-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
midnight_lite 15th-Jul-2014 02:16 am (UTC)
posh 15th-Jul-2014 02:52 am (UTC)
ikr, the way they react about everything gives me life
lovelyeli 15th-Jul-2014 04:01 am (UTC)
i mean if u wanna hear they're fantastic commentary they be doing it for the monthly friendlies mexico all the time..and & i believe jesus Bracamontes does the commentary for the mexican league coverage too so i don't miss out on their hilarious convos.
lisse_pitch13 15th-Jul-2014 05:33 am (UTC)
dothefrug 15th-Jul-2014 06:13 am (UTC)
I don't even speak Spanish but watching the game on Univision >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ESPN

klmnumbers 15th-Jul-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
This was definitely the first year I really watched. And I loved it. Makes me want to support MLS in the us tho not sure they broadcast much. Now I need to run off and pick which MLS team I am claiming..
jigglemypuff 15th-Jul-2014 12:42 am (UTC)
The MLS is so boring though.
fauxkaren 15th-Jul-2014 12:55 am (UTC)
They don't really broadcast all that many games.

But you should root for LA Galaxy
firestarter_007 15th-Jul-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
the MLS is ok. you can find games on ESPN and NBC sports
amarettosunset 15th-Jul-2014 01:15 am (UTC)
DC United.
klmnumbers 15th-Jul-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
yeah, I literally looked up teams, saw the logo, and realized that I see the DC United symbol all over this area. I choose them since I live in Arlington and work in DC. Yay. haha
amor143x 15th-Jul-2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
sherrilina 15th-Jul-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I feel like something like the WC is different though, like inherently more exciting because of what's at stake.

Just like March Madness is always more exciting than the rest of college basketball season. Or the playoffs in baseball.
morticiafrump 15th-Jul-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
la galaxy, js
glittersecrecy 15th-Jul-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
LA Galaxy bb. Where the stars play. But DC is apparently slaying this year after being flops for the last decade, so enjoy.
dangerbuffalo 15th-Jul-2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Seattle Sounders, tbh
carnivallights 15th-Jul-2014 03:59 am (UTC)
I tried watching MLS games after the last World Cup but it wasn't the same. I want to try again, although I feel like I should support LA Galaxy since that's where I live but they don't, I don't know, excite me.

Side note: I was intrigued by your icon a while ago and ended up watching In the Flesh this weekend. Kiiind of obsessed now.
flamed65 15th-Jul-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Yea I've never seen so many people I know talk about it as much as this year

Edited at 2014-07-15 12:40 am (UTC)
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