2014 World Cup Final on ABC Draws Third-Highest Overnight Rating for World Cup

ESPN has announced that Sunday’s Germany-Argentina World Cup Final which aired on ABC, received a 9.7 overnight rating. It’s the third-highest overnight rating for a World Cup match behind the 1994 Final between Brazil and Italy (12.8) and the 1994 Round of 16 match between the USA and Brazil (10.4). Yesterday’s match was 13% better […]

The Fang’s Bites 2014 FIFA World Cup TV Awards

As we wrap up the World Cup, it’s time to hand out the awards for soccer’s ultimate event. As you know, this is the last year for ESPN and Univision before they hand off to Fox and Telemundo. Both ESPN and Univision are coming off record ratings and viewership giving their successors some numbers that […]

Univision/Univision Deportes’ Schedule for World Cup Final Sunday

Univision Deportes is going all out for its final World Cup game until at least 2024. As it hands off to Telemundo next year, Univision will provide a full 12 hours of coverage for the World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m. ET and lasting all throughout the night, […]

Netherlands-Argentina Becomes Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal on ESPN

Well, the World Cup viewing records continue to fall for ESPN. A day after setting a record for the Brazil-Germany 7-1 blowout, ESPN set another standard for Wednesday’s Netherlands-Argentina game. On Tuesday, Brazil-Germany received a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers. The Netherlands-Argentina match garnered a 4.3 rating and 6.823 million viewers. These numbers will […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Semifinals, 07/08 & 07/09/2014

Just four more match days in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It begins today with the first semifinal between the host country Brazil and a heavy favorite in Germany. And tomorrow will pit the 2010 runner-up Netherlands against another favorite, Argentina. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman call today’s game for ESPN while Jon Champion and […]

Brazil-Colombia Becomes Most Watched World Cup Quarterfinal on ESPN Networks

ESPN is certainly happy that there’s still interest in the World Cup despite the United States being eliminated earlier this week. Brazil vs. Colombia is now the most-watched World Cup quarterfinal on the networks of ESPN garnering a 3.6 fast national rating and just under 6.35 million viewers. So to the detractors of soccer and […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 5, 2014

I did not provide you the announcing assignments for Friday’s games as I had to go the Emergency Room to deal with a breakout of hives. After getting a shot of Benadryl, I’m now much better, but it was a difficult night for me going into July 4th. Anyway, I’m fine now and here are […]

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 19 — Bob Ley, ESPN and Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

This has become an action-packed podcast and with two guests that are quite prevalent in sports media. Bob Ley of ESPN joins us from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the World Cup is being played. We discuss the following topics: What he’s seen in Brazil; The World Cup itself; Some of his thoughts on the […]

Univision Scores 5.1 Million Viewers for USA-Belgium

Univision/Univision Deportes saw a combined 5.1 million viewers for USA-Belgium. We noted earlier that ESPN garnered an audience of 16.5 million for the game so overall, the game had a combined audience of 21.6 million viewers. Online, Univision saw 1.8 million unique viewers so with the combined online and TV audience, the game had just […]

ESPN’s Announcing Assignments for World Cup Quarterfinals

We have the World Cup quarterfinal announcing assignments on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. On Friday, ESPN2 will air France vs. Germany followed by Brazil vs. Colombia on ESPN. Then on Saturday, ABC airs Argentina vs. Belgium followed by the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica on ESPN. The excellent teams of Jon Champion/Stewart Robson and Ian Darke/Steve […]

USA-Belgium Scores ESPN’s Highest-Ever Overnight World Cup Rating

The game may have resulted in a loss, but the overnight rating for USA-Belgium was a big win for ESPN. It ended as the highest overnight rating ever for a World Cup game on ESPN networks. Overall, the game averaged a 9.6 rating and peaking at an amazing 14.1 in the 5:45-6 p.m. ET quarter-hour. […]

Ian Darke’s Goal Calls on USMNT World Cup Games

To get you ready for today’s Belgium vs. USA game on ESPN/Univision, we have all of Ian Darke’s goal calls from the US Men’s National Team’s group games. Darke is so good. Let’s go. I believe that we can win!

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 1, 2014

The last of the Round of 16 is today and the USA will be the last game of the Round just like it was to end Group Play. The opponent today is Belgium, not as formidable as Germany, but a tough match. After today, there will be two off days and then the Quarterfinals begin […]

Netherlands-Mexico is Most-Watched Program Ever on Univision

Mexico was doing so well late in its game with the Netherlands when everything came crashing down in the 89th minute with a tying goal, then a controversial penalty kick to win the game for the Dutch and eliminate the Mexicans for the 6th straight time in the Round of 16. Univision saw a record […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 30, 2014

Two games again today. We have France vs. Nigeria and Germany vs. Algeria. We could have an intriguing all-Euro matchup in the quarterfinals or an intriguing all-Africa matchup or a Euro-Africa game. In any event, ESPN and Univision have things covered for us today. The excellent Jon Champion will be on the call with his […]

Univision Sees Ratings Increase for 1st 48 Games of the World Cup

In its last year of airing the FIFA World Cup until at least 2025, Univision is seeing larger numbers from the last World Cup in 2010. Univision says its ratings have increased by 43% in total viewers and by 31% in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Its USA-Germany viewership was 3.4 million and combined with ESPN’s […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 29, 2014

Two more games in the Round of 16 on Sunday. Netherlands vs. Mexico which should provide a huge audience for Univision/Univision Deportes. After a day off to cover Wimbledon, ESPN is back on the World Cup and will carry the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday. ESPN will assign its usual English-language team […]