ESPN2’s telecast of Friday night’s World Cup qualifying match – the U.S. men’s national team’s dos a cero victory over archrival Mexico in Cincinnati, Ohio – was seen by an average audience of 1.315 million viewers. That made it the most-watched World Cup qualifying match on ESPN2, according to Nielsen Media.

The soldout TQL Stadium match surpassed the previous ESPN2 record for World Cup qualifying matches, a USA vs. Mexico match on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, which was seen by 1.191 million average viewers.

The audience for USA-Mexico ranks fourth overall in the history of World Cup qualifying matches on ESPN networks, behind USA vs. Panama on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, seen by an average audience of 1.437 million viewers on ESPN. The USA-Mexico rivalry matchup has delivered four of the top-five audiences for World Cup qualifying matches on ESPN or ESPN2.

 

Five Most-Viewed World Cup Qualifying Matches on ESPN:

Date
Match
Network
P2+ (Viewers)
Tue, Mar 26, 2013
Mexico vs. USA (WCQ)
ESPN
2,385,000
Tue, Sep 10, 2013
USA vs. Mexico (WCQ)
ESPN
2,243,000
Tue, Jun 11, 2013
USA vs. Panama (WCQ)
ESPN
1,437,000
Fri, Nov 12, 2021
USA vs. Mexico (WCQ)
ESPN2
1,315,000
Wed, Feb 11, 2009
USA vs. Mexico (WCQ)
ESPN2
1,191,000