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Euro Finals Ratings June 30, 2008 6:36 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Euro Cup, Futbol, Soccer, Television, TV Ratings.
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The European Championship match between Spain and Germany, in which Spain was victorious 1-0, got a 3.1 overnight rating yesterday on ABC (the final national rating will be available at a later date).  It was the first time that a Euro final was televised on U.S. network television.

As expected, the match drew considerably higher ratings overseas, especially in the two home nations of the teams.  In Spain, the game set an all-time record for a televised game on Spanish television, averaging an 81% audience share or 14.5 million viewers on the free-to-air channel Cuatro.  Even more impressive, the final minute drew more than 17.7 million viewers (or an 88.6% share), making it the most-watched program in Spanish television history.

Over in Germany, an equally impressive 80% of the audience, or 26 million viewers, tuned in to the game on ARD.  But, that figure was short by about 3.5 million of the record set by sister channel ZDF when they aired Germany’s last-minute win over Turkey.

Sources: USA Today and THR

ESPN2 To Televise Potential Beckham Debut Game August 1, 2007 1:11 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN2, News, Soccer, Sports, Television.
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Having not yet debuted in any extensive capacity, David Beckham may do just that for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a MLS game that will be televised this Sunday against Toronto FC on ESPN2.


Fox Soccer Channel Acquires Rights to Italian Soccer League Games March 7, 2007 6:54 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fox Soccer Channel, News, Soccer, Sports, Television.
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Fox Soccer Channel has acquired the exclusive rights to Italian professional soccer matches, making it the only English-language network with the rights to air the games.