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Sorry, Super Bowl: How many watched the US/Germany match online?!?

Jun 26, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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The web site TechCrunch is reporting that, at its high point, the US/Germany World Cup match on Thursday had 1.7 million people watching the game.

That’s a lot of people, more than the 2013 Super Bowl that pitted Seattle and Denver by more than a half-million viewers (approximately 1,000,000 eyes).

All this despite TechCrunch’s report that many people had trouble logging onto the WatchESPN app in the first place.

The WatchESPN app (or site, or however you access it) was the way that many Americans were watching the US vs. Germany World Cup match today. So many, in fact, that the site had issues serving all of its users in the first half. Some folks, including me, couldn’t log on until many minutes into the match.

Still, that didn’t stop ESPN from hitting a record 1.7M concurrent viewers during the second half, the company tells us. “We did investigate some limited issues due to unprecedented demand during the first half,” a spokesperson said in response to inquiries about streaming issues.

Before you go bragging to all your American football-only friends, consider that the Super Bowl was played on a Sunday on network television. That’s going to limit the amount of people who have to head for the web.

And the ESPN app, as FOX points out, is far more established than the app that was dishing out the Super Bowl. Throw in the NFL being big primarily in America and the fact that many office-bound people likely had to go to the web, and you’ve got a big piece of the puzzle.

But still, 1.7 million? Get some, soccer.

  1. reformed2012 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    If USA made it to July 13th that Sunday game will have global viewership more than all the super bowls in history combined.

  2. dohpey28 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Why compare an event on a thursday afternoon when most people are at work to an event that is a national holiday at this point and everyone watches on tv? Reaching for straws folks.

  3. badgerbuck - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    They are not winning a World Cup, never have,never will let’s get real. If this was played in the fall who the hell would watch this.

    • novemberreign - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM


    • footballer4ever - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Thank you for your attention, eggball fan.

  4. footballer4ever - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    “Before you go bragging to all your American football-only friends,”

    Really? We should be at a point that football’s significat on-going growth in many levels would speak by itself and not have to worry about bragging to eggball fans or any sports fans who despises football who regardless of whatever happens they are blindly stubborn anything that it’s not their sport. Knock it off and start appreciating and supporting together the sport regardless who likes it or not.

  5. kicksave1980 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    I appreciate the article, and I’m glad to see that viewership is great. As a fan of the NHL, who also loves soccer, I’ve long given up on ratings. When you’re talking about music with your friends, do you argue over which album sold more copies as reason to like a certain band? Ratings are for advertisers and networks…who cares. People who quote ratings stats as a point of argument are window lickers. You like what you like and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says about it.

  6. armstrongsmissingball - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:35 AM

    Badgerbuck get out of your momma’s basement and quit eating your boogers you backwoods hick. Soccer is the greatest sport on the planet to watch and to play. Get over your obnoxious self.

  7. poryorick - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    The viewership will come. US Youth Soccer launched in 1974; that means that most people 45 y.o. or younger either played organized team soccer or know someone who did. There were 100,000 kids playing by the mid-late 70s, and that number has steadily grown over time. US Soccer has played the long game to get folks on board, and we’re starting to see it reap the efforts.

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