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U.S.-Portugal game sets ratings record, with huge numbers in KC

Fans packed the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City Sunday June 22, 2014 , to watch the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal on the big screen. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Fans packed the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City Sunday June 22, 2014 , to watch the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal on the big screen. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Special to the Star

The viewing numbers are in, and World Cup soccer ratings soared on Sunday, nationally and locally.

The U.S.-Portugal game that ended in a 2-2 draw was the most viewed soccer game ever in the United States, according to ESPN, averaging 18,220,000 viewers and a 9.6 rating.

The game also was ESPN’s most viewed program in history other than NFL or college football telecasts.

In Kansas City, the game drew a 10.1 rating, which ranked 12th nationally.

And that doesn’t count the thousands who were watching on one screen at the Power & Light District.

Sunday also was a big ratings day for the Royals. Their 2-1 loss to the Mariners drew a 9.2 on Fox Sports Kansas City, the highest rating of the season for a Royals game.

Washington, D.C., led all World Cup markets with a 13.3 rating.

The ratings are for ESPN’s broadcasts only and do not include the viewship on Spanish language network, Univision.

The previous high for a soccer game in the U.S. was 17,975,000 million for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China. That game was on ABC.

Top markets and rating for U.S.-Portugal

1.Washington, D.C. 13.3

2. Columbus, Ohio 12.6

3. New York 12.5

4. Boston 11.5

5. Hartford/New Haven 11.3

6. Providence 11.2

7. Atlanta 11.1

8. Baltimore 11.0

9. Norfolk 10.5

10. Orlando 10.5

11. Sacramento 10.5

12. Kansas City 10.1

13. Dayton, Ohio, 8.9

14. St. Louis 8.7

15. Jacksonville, Fla., 8.4

Source: ESPN

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