Recent sports TV ratings news, including Major League Soccer and the Women’s World Cup on ESPN/ESPN2, and a substantial increase in ratings for the San Francisco Giants.
- Over 450K For Sounders/Timbers: The July 10 Sounders/Timbers MLS match earned 467,000 viewers on ESPN, the third-most viewed MLS telecast on the network this season. Only the Galaxy/Sounders season opener (604K) and Red Bulls/Fire on June 26 (622K) drew better numbers. The Sounders have played in five of the seven most-viewed MLS telecasts on ESPN/ESPN2 this season. (Son of the Bronx)
- Japan’s Penultimate Win Earns Solid Numbers For ESPN: Wednesday’s Japan/Sweden Women’s World Cup semifinal drew a 1.3 U.S. rating and 1.946 million viewers on ESPN, the most-viewed non-U.S. match of the tournament. Several days earlier, the Japan/Germany quarterfinal drew a 1.0 and 1.515 million, the second-largest non-U.S. audience. (Son of the Bronx)
- Giants Ratings Up Substantially: Through the All-Star break, San Francisco Giants telecasts averaged a 4.95 rating on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, up 43% from the comparable point last year (3.45). Of the network’s 72 telecasts, 21 drew at least a 6.0 rating, topping the previous five seasons combined (18). (csncalifornia.com)