Update: ESPN gets 6.3 rating for United States' World Cup win over Ghana
The final numbers are in for ESPN's coverage of the United States' 2-1 win over Ghana in the World Cup on Monday.
The game averaged a 6.3 rating and 11,093,000 viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-viewed men’s soccer match –- including 265 from the FIFA World Cup -– on ESPN or ESPN2 on record, according to Nielsen on Tuesday.
It's ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed telecast since Jan. 6, when its BCS national championship coverage averaged a 14.4 rating and 25,572,000 viewers, tthe third largest audience in cable history.
Washington led all markets for ESPN's USA vs. Ghana telecast with an 11.8 rating, followed by New York (10.2), Hartford-New Haven (10.1) and Boston (10.0) at a 10.0 rating or higher. The remaining top 10: Columbus, Ohio (8.9), Baltimore (8.7), Providence (8.4), Orlando (8.3), San Francisco (8.0) and Norfolk (7.8).
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average a 2.5 rating and 4,112,000 viewers through the first 14 matches, marking increases of 19 percent (vs. 2.1) and 23 percent (vs. 3,346,000), respectively, over the 2010 World Cup.