USMNT's Jermaine Jones and Germany's Toni Kroos
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World Cup: Despite early start, USMNT match against Germany sets highs in online viewership

The US national team's match against Germany on Thursday pulled in just a 6.7 overnight rating, this after US games drew ratings of 9.6 and 6.3 for the Portugal and Ghana matches.

Unilike those matches, this game kicked off at noon on a weekday, while many people were at work and not on their couches. The rating actually hit a high of 7.7 over the last couple minutes of the match (1:45-2 pm). The 6.7 rating was still the second highest rating ESPN has gotten for a match in this tournament, beating out the USA-Ghana game. The telecast also ranks as ESPN’s most-viewed weekday, non-holiday, afternoon program on record. ESPN averaged 10.8 million viewers during the match which sits in third after the Portugal and Ghana games.

Those ratings also do not take into account online viewership. On ESPN's WatchESPN platform, the viewers hit a peak with 1.7 million concurrent viewers. This was a record for the app and website, indicating how many people were forced to watch the game at their desks. Overall, the WatchESPN coverage had 3,200,000 unique viewers and 143,000,000 live minutes viewed.

Including Univision and the Univision digital streaming platform the game had 14.2 million TV viewers and 4.9 million unique viewers on streaming platforms.

The US-Germany and Portugal-Ghana matches also hit it big on Facebook. Globally, more than 17 million people produced more than 31 million Facebook interactions (posts, comments and likes) related to the two games. This included more than 3.8 million people with more than 6 million interactions in the United States. The interactions reached their peak at the final whistle of the US-Germany game.

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