On Monday morning, ESPN announced that the match did a 9.1 overnight rating, the highest ever for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2. That tops the 6.3 rating that the USA-Ghana match drew last week.
And on Monday afternoon, we found out the actual number of people that watched the match: 24.7 million.
According to the data, 18.2 million people watched the match on ESPN, breaking the all-time record set for an English language broadcast previously held by the 1999 Women's World Cup final on ABC.
The 24.7 number adds in the 6.5 million people who watched the game on Univision. That combined number tied the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands, which was also watched by 24.7 million people, as the most watched soccer match ever in the US.
The total viewership does not even include is the more than one million people who watched the match on WatchESPN and the countless number of people who watched the game at bars or watch parties.
To put it in perspective, that's bigger than several major US sporting events (see list below).
USA-Portugal is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts ever: http://t.co/MCzRMeEgAo— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) June 23, 2014
ESPN PR said US-Portugal match peaked from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 23, 2014
ESPN says U.S.-Portugal game drew a 9.1 overnight rating. To help w/a comparison: NBA's 2012 Eastern Conference Final G7 (MIA/BOS) had same.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 23, 2014
9.1 overnight for World Cup soccer game beats out Bama-A&M rematch game from last season & 2012 Rose Bowl (9.0)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 23, 2014
USA-Portugal drew a bigger overnight TV rating than Game 3 of the World Series. http://t.co/Ae9M3gxqIA— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 23, 2014
ESPN's USA/Portugal telecast topped every game of the NBA Finals, including the clincher the previous Sunday (18.2M to 18.0M).— Paulsen (@paulsen_smw) June 23, 2014