Match Peaked at 3,344,000 Viewers, and was up +45% from Corresponding Group Stage Match in 2014
Full 2018 World Cup FOX Sports Viewership Up +1% from Complete Group-Stage Average of Last Four World Cups, Including U.S. Matches
NEW YORK & MOSCOW – Argentina’s 2-1 victory Tuesday over Nigeria on the FOX broadcast network led the day with 2,977,000 viewers across FOX and streaming sources. On FOX alone, the audience averaged 2,613,000 viewers, making it the most-watched non-U.S. third-round Group Stage match on English-language television in nearly three decades according to Nielsen Media Research.
The match, which peaked at 3,344,000 viewers, was up +45% from the corresponding Group Stage match in 2014 (Japan-Colombia, 1,804,000).
Through Matchday 13, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is averaging 2,054,000 viewers across FOX and FS1, up +1% from the complete Group Stage average of the last four World Cups, including U.S. matches, and +21% from the complete Group Stage average of the last four World Cups, excluding U.S. matches.
To date, the top five local markets for FIFA World Cup viewing on FOX Sports networks are Washington D.C., Miami, Austin, San Francisco and Providence.
The Argentina-Nigeria match is the most-streamed event of the tournament so far, with a match-only average-minute audience of 398,000 and 990,000 unique streamers. It ranks as the third-most-streamed event of any sport on FOX streaming services.
Tuesday was FOX Sports’ biggest day for unique streamers so far in the tournament, with 1.4 million, growing +8% over the previous high on Matchday 8 (1.3 million).
Other FOX Sports cumulative tournament digital highlights include:
- 1.7 billion minutes of digital consumption (streaming, data pages, short-form, social)
- 1 billion minutes of live match consumption; 8% of total linear/digital minutes
- 2 million long-form streaming VOD (match replays) views
- 237 million total video views
- 8 million views of WORLD CUP NOW hosted by Rachel Bonnetta on Twitter
- More than 18 million unique Snapchatters in the U.S. watching FOX Sports-partnered World Cup content