The United States' 2-1 win over Ghana in Monday's
The contest that started at 3 p.m. scored an overnight household rating of 7.0 from Nielsen's 56 metered markets, the highest number for a men's World Cup match on the cable network since it began receiving local stats for the tournament in 1998.
Complete national viewership and demographic numbers for the match-up won't be available until later Tuesday.
The previous record-holder was the 2010 contest between the U.S. and Algeria, which notched a household rating of 4.0 and averaged 6.16 million viewers total.
The top-five markets for Monday's victory were
In broadcast television,
The network averaged 5.38 million viewers overall and a rating of 1.6 among the key 18- to 49-year-old audience. The Gordon Ramsay cooking show was up 20% from last week to a 1.8 in 18-49, while the
Second place in the advertiser-coveted demo was