It didn’t only feel like everyone in town was watching the World Cup Monday night—they actually were.
The U.S.-Ghana match in Natal, Brazil, got a higher rating in D.C. than anywhere else in the country last night, ESPN said Tuesday. A total of 11.1 million people per minute were watching the game nationwide; in D.C., the broadcast got an 11.8 rating, ahead of New York’s 10.2. It was the most-watched men’s soccer game ESPN has ever broadcast.
Top-rated ESPN markets for USA-Ghana: Wash DC (11.8), NY (10.2), Hartford (10.1), Boston (10.0), Columbus (8.9)— Flora ESPN Research (@ESPNFlora) June 17, 2014
So far in the tournament’s first week, D.C. is the best market for ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC’s coverage.
Thanks to defender John Brooks‘ late game-winning goal, the U.S. is in second place in its group. The team plays next against Portugal at 6 p.m. on Sunday in Manaus, Brazil—here’s where to watch.