2018 FIFA World Cup™ Matchday 14 Averages 1,523,000 Viewers on FOX and FS1
FOX Sports Has Best Day Ever in Authenticated Streaming
New York & Moscow – Yesterday’s thrilling third-round 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Group Stage matches drew an average viewership of 1,523,000 to FOX and FS1, the tournament’s highest Matchday 14 audience since 2006. World Cup viewing also drove FOX Sports to its best day ever in authenticated streaming with 140 million minutes streamed and 1.8 million unique streamers across all sports.
Yesterday’s average viewership is a +38% increase over Matchday 14 of the 2010 World Cup (vs. 1,103,000) and up +16% over Matchday 14 of the 2014 World Cup (vs. 1,308,000), despite the 2014 tournament having been played in a more favorable time zone.
Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia yesterday, which sent Neymar and company through to the Round of 16, was the day’s most-watched match, delivering 2,610,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX streaming sources. With an average-minute audience of 290,000 and 763,000 unique streamers, Brazil-Serbia is the third most-streamed match of the tournament so far.
Earlier in the day, Mexico advanced to the Round of 16 despite falling 3-0 to Sweden in a match that attracted 2,404,000 viewers to the FOX broadcast network and FOX streaming sources. On FOX alone, the match drew viewership of 2,165,000, a +6% increase over the corresponding 2014 match (vs. 2,034,000 for Nigeria-Argentina) and +30% over the corresponding 2010 match (vs. 1,664,000 for Slovakia-Italy).
Simultaneously, defending World Cup champion Germany was knocked out of the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Korea Republic in a match that drew 1,233,000 viewers on FS1 and streaming sources. With 1,020,000 viewers on FS1 alone, the match was up a massive +216% over the comparable 2014 window (vs. 323,000 for Bosnia-Herzegovina-Iran) and up +204% over the comparable 2010 match (vs. 335,000 for Paraguay-New Zealand).
Yesterday was FOX Sports’ best day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in terms of streaming with 135 million minutes across the four live matches, shoulder programming and video-on-demand replays, accounting for 96% of FOX Sports’ overall record number of total minutes streamed on Wednesday, across all sports.
Viewership of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on FOX and FS1 stretches from coast to coast with top-five markets to-date of Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco, Austin and Providence.