Rating ranks first for World Cup but below U.S. men
Posted: Saturday July 03, 1999 10:16 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team's quarterfinal win over Germany was seen in nearly 1.7 million homes, the best cable rating so far in the Women's World Cup but still a small number as TV ratings go.
Thursday night's game on ESPN in which the U.S. defeated Germany 3-2 received a 2.19 rating, which translates to 1.67 million households.
In terms of television ratings, the women have fallen short of their male counterparts.
In 1994, the United States played Colombia in the first round of the men's World Cup. The game on ESPN drew a 4.3 rating and was seen in 2.7 million homes.
Last year, the only men's World Cup quarterfinal game on cable was watched by 833,000 homes on ESPN2, a game between Italy and France. The three quarterfinals broadcast by ABC averaged 2.3 million households.
The American women's tournament-opening win over Denmark this year was watched in 1.7 million homes on ABC. Their first-round victory against Nigeria was seen in 1.4 million homes on ESPN.
The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals last Sunday with a win against North Korea, a game that received a 1.96 rating and was seen in 1.3 million homes. It was the highest rating for any soccer match on ESPN2.
So far, ESPN has averaged a 1.05 rating with six World Cup games aired, which translates to 800,000 households.
ESPN2, which has broadcast 20 of the tournament's games, mostly involving other countries, has turned in a 0.53 rating, or 343,000 households.
The rating is the percentage of TV households in the United States tuned to a program. Each cable point represents 766,000 homes on ESPN and 644,000 homes on ESPN2.
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