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The U.S. and Portugal played to a (last-second, extremely painful to watch the end of) 2-2 draw last night in Manaus, Brazil, and once again, the TV market where the match got the highest rating was D.C.
The 9.1 nationwide rating for the broadcast, on ESPN2, was the highest rating ever for a soccer game on ESPN or ESPN2. In D.C., the 13.3 rating crushed that. The U.S. plays Germany at noon on Thursday in a game that will help decide whether the team advances to the tournament’s knockout rounds; expect more high ratings then, and also expect a lot of your colleagues to have two-hour lunch meetings.