World Cup Final: Germany's Win Scores Third-Highest Overnight for ESPN/ABC

Associated Press

Only two matches from the 1994 World Cup, held in the U.S., beat Sunday's final ratings.

Germany's dramatic extra-time victory over Argentina in the 2014 soccer World Cup was a ratings win for ESPN and ABC.

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The match averaged a 9.7 overnight rating on the ABC and ESPN networks, the third-highest ever for any World Cup match. ESPN's coverage peaked with a 14.2 rating, the network said.

Viewership for the Germany vs. Argentina final was 13 percent up on the 8.6 overnight recorded for the 2010 final in South Africa between Spain and the Netherlands. Sunday's final will go down as the second-most-watched World Cup match on ESPN not featuring the U.S. squad.

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The only two other World Cup matches to beat Sunday's rating were from the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the United States. The final of that tournament, between Brazil and Italy, scored a 12.8 average overnight rating. Team USA's second round match against Brazil in the same tournament averaged a 10.4 overnight rating.

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Through all 64 matches of the 2014 World Cup, ABC and ESPN networks averaged a 3.1 metered market rating, an increase of 29 percent compared with the 64 matches of the 2010 World Cup.

National viewership figures are expected later Monday.

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