The numbers are in and the results are that tons and tons of people in the United States watched the USMNT get eliminated yesterday.
ESPN said its U.S-Belgium telecast drew 16,491,000 viewers. Add Univision's figures and the official TV total is 21.6M.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 2, 2014
Obviously add in watch parties like the ones that occurred at stadiums in Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City and the numbers get juiced a bit more. What does it all mean? It will take more time to sort all that out, but this team was able to capture the nation in a significant way.
This team had lots of fans rooting for it. The games were at a mostly convenient time. There weren’t any vuvuzellas on the TV coverage, etc, etc, etc. As with our conversations about Indians attendance, it all matters and it’s hard to draw sweeping conclusions other than what the stats actually say. Lots of people watched yesterday.