Opening match draws 10 million SAfrican viewers
More than 10 million television viewers in South Africa watched
the host play Mexico to open the World Cup.
FIFA says 87 percent of people watching television at home in
South Africa last Friday saw SABC1 and SuperSport 3 broadcasts of
the 1-1 draw.
That’s nearly 3 million more than South Africa’s highest-rated
sports broadcast last year, when the host team played Brazil in the
FIFA says an average of almost one in five Mexicans with
televisions on at home watched last Friday.
In the United States, Spanish-language channel Univision
averaged 5.4 million viewers – double its audience for Germany
opening the 2006 World Cup against Costa Rica.