Approximately 7.65 million people watched the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, making it the most-viewed qualifying game in American soccer history.
ESPN announced that the game, which ended in a 0-0 draw at the Azteca, doubled the highest previous rating for a World Cup qualifier, registering a 1.4 rating (which translates to about 2.85 million viewers).
The previous record for a World Cup qualifier shown on an ESPN network was the 2009 matchup between the same countries, which drew a 0.7 rating (about 1,191,000 viewers).
Meanwhile, UniMas recorded an audience of 4.8 million for the Spanish-language broadcast in the United States – the highest ever recorded by the network for any broadcast.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s troops now stand in third place in the North, Central America and Caribbean hexagonal group with four points behind surprise early leaders Panama, who have five. Mexico lie in fifth place with three points.
Next up for the United States is an away tie to Jamaica on June 7.