NEW YORK — The four World Cup quarterfinals averaged more than 10 million viewers in the United States combined on ABC, ESPN networks and Spanish-language Univision.
Host Brazil’s 2-1 win over Colombia in a 1 p.m. kickoff Friday on ESPN was the most-viewed of the game with 11.84 million: 6.35 million on ESPN and 5.49 million on Univision. The Netherlands’ penalty-kicks victory over Costa Rica following a 0-0 tie in the late game Saturday on ESPN was seen by 10.92 million: 5.79 million on ESPN and 5.13 million on Univision.
In the 9 a.m. kickoffs, Germany’s 1-0 win over France on Friday on ESPN2 was viewed by 9.6 million (4.89 million on ESPN and 4.71 million on Univision) and Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Belgium on ABC on Saturday was seen by 8.81 million (5.18 million on ESPN and 3.63 million on Univision).
The overall quarterfinal average was 10.29 million.
ESPN said Sunday its quarterfinal average of 5.58 million on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 was up 29 percent from 2010’s 4.34 million and 68 percent from 2006’s 3.32 million. Its 60-game average of 4.19 million marks a 42 percent increase from 2.95 million in 2010 and a 114 percent rise from 1.96 million in 2006. The two 4 p.m. matches were the most-watched quarterfinals in the history of ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.