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ESPN and Univision are scoring big World Cup ratings
ESPN and Univision are scoring big World Cup ratings

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made plenty of saves in Tuesday's World Cup match against Belgium, but ESPN's ratings needed no rescuing. The United States team's 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium drew an average of 16.5 million viewers to ESPN, making it the third-most-viewed soccer telecast ever in the U.S. That's an impressive feat for the Disney-owned cable sports network, particularly considering that many of the U.S. fans were still at work during the game that started at 1 p.m. on the West Coast. The viewership levels came in behind only the 18.2 million who watched Team USA's tie with Portugal on June 22 and the nearly 18 million who saw the U.S. women's team defeat China in 1999....

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