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World Cup: More than 23 million people watch U.S.-Belgium game

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More than 23 million watched the U.S.-Belgium World Cup game on television and online
World Cup quarterfinals begin Friday

OK, everybody, time to go back to work.

Team USA's departure from the World Cup and six of the remaining eight games falling on a day off for most employees mean that work productivity in daylight can return to normal.

Nielsen recorded a 9.8 rating for ESPN with its telecast Tuesday afternoon of the U.S.-Belgium game. That translates to an average of 16.5 million viewers, second all-time for soccer on the network to the U.S.-Portugal game 10 days earlier (18.2 million). That game was played on a Sunday, which makes the most recent audience more impressive.

(ESPN is owned by Walt Disney Co. Wonder if the ride operators at Disneyland were permitted extra-long coffee breaks during the game.)

The viewing count for Spanish-language Univision was not too shabby. The U.S.-Belgium game drew 5.1 million viewers on the network.

ESPN's online number peaked at 1.5 million for live streaming.

The quarterfinals are Friday and Saturday, with the third-place and championship games the next weekend.

 

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