World Cup viewing sets two impressive records in the U.S.


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You say Americans don’t have soccer fever?

You’re wrong!

Saturday’s nerve-racking match between the U.S. and Ghana was the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, according to Nielsen Media. The game, viewed by 19.4 million viewers on ABC and Univision, topped the Italy vs. Brazil World Cup final in 1994, watched by 18.1 million people on those two networks.

Of the 19.4 million who tuned in to ultimately see the U.S.’s soccer dreams slip away this weekend, 4.5 million watched on Univision -- which is on fire during this tournament.


Sunday’s Argentina-Mexico match attracted 9.4 million viewers to Univision, making it the most-watched program in Spanish-language television in U.S. history, according to Univision. That’s right -- el mas grande!

If you’ve been watching it on ABC, here’s a little taste of what you’ve been missing on Univision -- a few things we heard from the commentators during the Argentina-Mexico matchup:

‘Silence, frogs, the toad is getting ready to speak.’ (This was about the ref!)

‘The ball is very high, very long, ugly and very fuchi.’ (About a missed goal by Mexico. Fuchi is slang for ‘stinky’).

‘He kicked it with soul, life, heart, rancor, potency, energy, hope, faith and, in addition, his right leg!’ (About Argentina scoring).

You don’t hear anything like that during NFL broadcasts!

-- Maria Elena Fernandez