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Gold Cup final draws large Univision audience

June 27, 2007|Ken Fowler | Times Staff Writer

The Gold Cup soccer final between the United States and Mexico on Sunday drew a bigger TV audience than the Stanley Cup final.

Univision said Tuesday that its telecast received a 2.5 preliminary rating, which equates to about 2.8 million households and 5.3 million viewers. The Ducks' 6-2 win over Ottawa in the final game of the Stanley Cup earned a 1.8 rating -- the equivalent of about 2 million households -- on NBC.

The 2-1 U.S. victory had an estimated peak of 6.3 million viewers in 3.2 million homes during the second half.

The matchup between Mexico and the U.S., both of whom were the beneficiaries of controversial calls during their paths to the final, had a bigger viewing audience than the 2005 Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Panama, which was seen in 1.48 million homes nationwide.

In Los Angeles, which had the highest ratings among major markets for the six Gold Cup games on Univision, the final received an 11.1 rating and an average of 622,000 viewers.

Mexico's 1-0 victory over Panama on June 13 was the most-watched game in Los Angeles on Univision during the Gold Cup. It drew an 11.3 rating, with an estimated 634,000 viewers.

Viewership figures for the English-language telecast of the Gold Cup final on Fox Soccer Channel were not available.

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ken.fowler@latimes.com

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