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One More World Cup Record: Final Seen Live By 40,000 In-Flight Passengers

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 4:37am PDT

One More World Cup Record: Final Seen Live By 40,000 In-Flight PassengersAll throughout the past month, we’ve covered the World Cup ratings bonanza for broadcasters from ABC, ESPN and Univision in the U.S., to BBC One, ARD, ZDF, and TF1 in Europe, among others. While we know a lot of those numbers don’t take into account folks watching in bars, cafés and town squares, what about fans who were in the air? The sky as a content destination is a fast-growing business with companies like Global Eagle, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics connecting entertainment and airline passengers in new ways. In a historic first, and courtesy of Panasonic’s in-flight Sport 24 channel, Sunday’s World Cup final was shown live by nine international carriers. According to the company, Germany’s defeat of Argentina was seen by 40,000 people, 35,000 feet above Earth. Bloomberg reports the figure is a record for a live in-flight TV broadcast. Throughout the World Cup and across such carriers as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Emirates, Panasonic estimated that 1.5M passengers will have seen the tournament live on its systems. The matches were delivered over satellite WiFi and shown free of charge — in all classes. Carriers in the U.S. also allowed travelers to watch many of the matches via traditional satellite TV services from DirecTV and Dish Network, Forbes reported. ESPN is beamed directly to seat back televisions in many aircraft, but not ABC which showed many weekend games and the final.

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UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever

By and | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever2ND UPDATE, 1:40 PM: We know the winner of yesterday’s World Cup final was Germany, but it looks like ABC/ESPN and Univision scored too. Both broadcasters had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39% in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96% over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34% from its total audience from 2010.

Broadcasting live on ABC on Sunday afternoon, the Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in a game that went extra time was watched by 17.324 million viewers with an average rating of 9.1. That marks the most-watched men’s soccer final ever for the Disney-owned properties and the third-most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., behind only the 18.22 million who watched USA-Portugal on ESPN on June 22 and the 17.95 million who saw Team USA win the Women’s World Cup final in 1999 over China. Sunday’s final was the most-watched World Cup championship game in U.S. Spanish-language TV history with an average total audience of 9.2 million (5.0 million adults 18-49), with the broadcaster out-delivering ABC in the big Miami and LA markets. Read More »

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World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In Final

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 2:36pm PDT

World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In FinalWith a goal scored at nearly the end of extra time, Germany has won the 2014 World Cup over Argentina. After a 0–0 score after a regulation 90 minutes, the European side’s Mario Gotze took a pass off his chest, then kicked it past  the South Americans in the 112th minute to take the Beautiful Game’s greatest prize before a crowd of 74,738 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a global audience of probably billions watching on TV (we’ll have ratings as soon as they become available). A last-minute direct kick by Argentina’s Lionel Messi sailed high over the German net that might have evened the score, and sent the game into a shoot out. This is only the sixth time a World Cup final has gone into extra time. The win is German’s fourth World Cup, after victories in 1954, 1974 and 1990 (well, it was West German then, and the win also came over Argentina).

Starting on June 13 with 32 teams competing, this year’s tournament has seen record-breaking ratings and viewership results for both of the tournament’s U.S. broadcasters, ESPN and Univision.Both have seen double-digit gains over the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Check back Monday morning for TV ratings results from today’s final from both countries as well the stateside broadcasters. Today’s final was shown on ABC as well as the Spanish language broadcaster.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Cable Reigns At Emmy Noms, ESPN Scores Again With World Cup, ‘Birdman’ To Open Venice (Video)

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 10:33am PDT
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Morning Report, Thursday July 10

Cable was king at this morning's Emmy noms and HBO topped the list with 99 nods, ESPN pulls in the best overnight rating ever for a World Cup semifinal, 'Birdman' is selected as the opening pic of the Venice Film Festival. Dominic Patten reports.

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UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game Ever

UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game EverUPDATE, 1:31 PM: When you win 7-1, you win big. Like Germany’s big semifinal win over Brazil yesterday at the World Cup, ESPN had a very good game. With a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers watching the afternoon game on the sports network, the match was both the highest-rated and most viewed World Cup semifinal in American TV history. In fact with the exception of games where the now departed TeamUSA played, yesterday’s match is the highest- rated World Cup ever on ESPN/ESPN2. It beat the 4.0 that Mexico’s loss to the Netherlands on June 20 pulled in, which was the previous non-USA participating record. Over on Univision, the stunning blow-out game drew 5.8 million viewers to be the top World Cup semifinal ever on the Spanish language network. Germany will face the winner of today’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina on July 13.

PREVIOUS, 2:34 AM: Is a spoiler alert really necessary on what’s already such a historic game?…

In the highest-scoring semi-final match in the 84-year history of the World Cup, Germany crushed Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday. We do not yet have viewing figures from Brazil, but in Germany, the historic triumph drew an all-time record audience. An average of 32.57M viewers watched from 10 PM local time on ZDF. The previous record was set by the 2010 World Cup semi-finals in South Africa which drew 31.1M. A staggering 87.8% of the country was tuned in last night — and that of course … Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘The View’ Rumor Mill, Emmy Nom Eve, World Cup Ratings (Video)

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT
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Morning Report, Thursday July 9

Rumors are heating up at 'The View', with speculation now that Rosie O'Donnell may be returning, we're just hours away from learning this year's Primetime Emmy nominees, the Brazil-Germany World Cup match was a big loss for Brazil and a huge ratings winner for German broadcaster ZDF. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Transformers 4′ Legal Woes, TCA Kicks Off, World Cup Scores With Twitter TV (Video)

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT
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Morning Report, Tuesday July 8

'Transformers 4's Chinese sponsor mulls legal action, Television Critics Association Summer Tour gets underway in LA, World Cup generates record tweets on Twitter TV. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

Related: World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big Margin

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Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big Margin

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 7:14pm PDT

Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big MarginFIFA’s World Cup telecasts continued to absorb American attention on social media every bit as much as they delivered big TV ratings for the fleet of networks carrying games, and it wasn’t just for the U.S. team’s unexpected run into the so-called “knockout rounds.” Even after that foray ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium (a week after that game, I am not writing “spoiler alert,” dang it), interest and online conversation have continued to be very high.

That said, the Team USA game was a particularly huge conversation piece online, generating nearly 4.7 million posts on Twitter during the game and in the three hours before and after the telecast on four U.S. networks. Those tweets reached an audience of almost 12.4 million viewers, Nielsen calculates.

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UPDATE: ESPN Wins With Brazil Vs. Colombia Game Ratings

UPDATE: ESPN Wins With Brazil Vs. Colombia Game RatingsSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 2:12 PM: The USA are out of the World Cup but the ratings goals keep going in the net for ESPN. The Independence Day match between host Brazil and Colombia drew 6.349 million viewers to become the most watched World Cup quarterfinal ever in ESPN and ABC history. The Brazil winning game, which got a 3.6 rating, beat the previous record holder of the 5.71 million who watched the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal between Germany and Argentina on ABC on July 3rd that year. The earlier match on Friday (France vs. Germany on ESPN2) delivered an average audience of 4.89 million and a 2.9 rating.  Over on Univision, the Brazil vs. Colombia game averaged 5.5 million viewers with 3.0 million among Adults 18-49.  Brazil beat Colombia 2-1. Read More »

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UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M Viewers

By and | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 12:48pm PDT

UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M ViewersSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 12:48 PM: Yesterday’s defeat for Team USA was a real letdown for all those across the country who took part of their afternoon to watch the World Cup knockout game against Belgium. However, for ESPN and Univision that dedicated audience was a real score, to use the already overused term. ESPN had 16.49 million viewers watching the game and a 9.8 rating. That is not a record for ESPN, but it is the second-most watched men’s soccer game in U.S. TV history. Yesterday’s game falls behind the 18.22 million who watched the American team’s heartbreaking last-minute tie with Portugal on June 22, which got a 9.6 rating. However, the latter game was on a Sunday unlike yesterday’s weekday match. In that context and the fact that the ratings for Tuesday’s dramatic game doesn’t count all the massive crowds across the nation who watched on jumbo screens means that the U.S. vs. Belgium match probably actually was  much closer to the June 22 game in relative terms

Over on Univision, 5.1 million viewers watched the game, which went into extra time. While not the record-breaking 10.4 million who tuned in for Mexico’s loss on June 29 to the Netherlands nor the 6.5 million who saw Portugal tie Team USA, yesterday’s Univision viewership is better than the 3.4 million who watched America’s 1-0 loss to Germany on June 26. Online, Univision Digital saw a record-breaking 1.8 million unique viewers watch yesterday’s game. Maybe they were there because they were worried that ESPN’s WatchESPN app would crash again as it did during the USA-Germany game. Actually the ESPN app performed rather well and averaged 3.5 million unique viewers during the match. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Tammy’ Kicks Off July 4th Holiday Box Office, ESPN Scores Again With World Cup Ratings, SAG-AFTRA Still Talking (Video)

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT
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Morning Report, Wednesday June 2

Melissa McCarthy starrer 'Tammy' scores $1.3M in late night opening, World Cup continues to deliver record ratings for ESPN, still no contract agreement as SAG-AFTRA talks are extended for a second day. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

July 4th Holiday’s ‘Tammy,’ Bows To $1.3M Late Night
World Cup Delivers ESPN’s Highest Overnight Rating Ever
SAG-AFTRA Film And TV Contract Talks Extended Again

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Watch ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Report On World Cup: Video

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 7:10am PDT

While TV news talent keeps telling us World Cup fever is sweeping the U.S., ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel thinks what the country is suffering from is World Cup confusion:


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DeadlineNow Morning Report: SAG-AFTRA Extend Contract, Beach Boys Pic Among CA Tax Credits Winners, World Cup Ratings (Video)

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Morning Report, Tuesday, July 1

SAG-AFTRA and producers are in overtime with their contract talks, having extending last night's midnight deadline; California reveals its list of film and TV projects that will receive production tax credits; and the World Cup continues to deliver big ratings in U.S. and abroad. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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BET Awards, World Cup Top Week’s Twitter TV Top 10s

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT

BET Awards, World Cup Top Week’s Twitter TV Top 10sThe BET Awards, the capper to the cable channel’s annual BET Experience that annually overwhelms the L.A. Live entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, grabbed lots of online attention in this week’s Twitter TV ratings, reaching an unduplicated audience of 9.3 million Twitter users with nearly 10.9 million tweets, far and away the biggest Twitter-borne conversation about any non-sports show. On the sports side of Nielsen’s weekly rundown of TV-related Twitter conversations, it was all FIFA World Cup soccer games, led by matches featuring the teams from the United States and Mexico.

Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings attempt to measure the unduplicated audience of Twitter users who saw posts about a given broadcast during its first broadcast or within three hours before or after. In this case, the BET Awards overcame an unpromising early summer Sunday schedule to rock it out online, with a staggering number of tweets about the show. I can’t remember any other program in recent months with that many tweets (we’ve only been writing about this stuff since April or so, so mega events such as the Super Bowl and Oscars likely do much better, but then again, not much else has come close here since Deadline began tracking these numbers). There have been other shows that have reached a large audience, given the large followings of those talking about a show. But this show, from a relatively small basic-cable channel, is definitely an online overachiever.

Also of note in this week’s Series and Specials data: the shows that ended up Nos. … Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Transformers 4′ Box Office Dispute, France Advances In World Cup, SAG-AFTRA Talks Go Down To The Wire (Video)

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT
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Morning Report, Monday June 30

Paramount says 'Transformers 4' pulled in a three-day gross of $100M, but others disagree, World Cup continues to bring in record ratings for ESPN and Univision, SAG-AFTRA and producers are still talking ahead of tonight's midnight contract deadline. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

Insiders Dispute Paramount’s $100M Claim For Weekend
World Cup Ratings: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever
SAG-AFTRA Film and TV Contract Expires at Midnight Monday

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World Cup Ratings Update: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever With Mexico Vs. Netherlands Game

By and | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

World Cup Ratings Update: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever With Mexico Vs. Netherlands GameSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 11:45 AM: It was a loss for Mexico to the Netherlands that saw the North American country’s World Cup 2014 dreams end. However, for Univision, the Sunday game was nothing but a win. 10.4 million viewers watched the Spanish language network’s broadcast of the match. That makes Sunday’s game not only the most watched soccer game ever on Univision or any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster but also the most univison logowatched telecast ever on the broadcaster or any other  any other US-based Spanish language broadcaster. The previous record holder was the 9.0 million who watched the December 3, 2007 broadcast of  the telenova Destilando Amor on Univision. Sunday game on Univision also bested ESPN’s broadcast of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match by 57% more in terms of viewers and 68% among Adults 18-49. But that’s also a record in terms of soccer viewership for Univision and any U.S.-based Spanish-language broadcaster.

PREVIOUS, 7:55 AM: Sunday’s World Cup match-ups saw the Netherlands make a late comeback to dash Mexico’s hopes of advancing to the quarter finals, and Costa Rica overtake Greece in a 5-3 penalty shoot out. The matches continued to set new records for ESPN, with both drawing a 4.5 in the overnight ratings. The two Round of 16 matches now rank as the network’s 4th and 5th largest overnight rating for a World Cup match in any round. The … Read More »

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UPDATE: USA Vs. Germany Hits ESPN’s Second-Best World Cup Ratings Ever

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 12:19pm PDT

UPDATE: USA Vs. Germany Hits ESPN’s Second-Best World Cup Ratings EverUPDATE, 12:19PM: The USA’s 1-0 loss to Germany yesterday at the World Cup stayed in a solid second and third place. Not that America won’t advance in the tournament but in terms of ratings and viewership the game was the second-highest-rated and the third-most-watched men’s World Cup match ever on ESPN or ESPN2, says the sports channel. The broadcast averaged a 6.7 rating, beating the 6.3 rating that the USA vs. Ghana game got on June 16 but behind 9.6 rating that the USA vs. Portugal match of June 22. Viewer-wise, the Germany game was watched by 10.77 million yesterday. That’s ESPN’s biggest non-holiday weekday broadcast ever. Over on Univision, 3.4 million viewers watched the game. That was the most viewed match of the day on a day that saw Portugal vs. Ghana among other games.

Overall, ESPN has seen its largest World Cup viewership ever over the first 48 matches. In a 46% rise from the 2010 World Cup, the games in Brazil are 3.54 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

PREVIOUS, 7:25AM: Thursday’s USA vs. Germany World Cup match may have ended with the European side winning 1-0, but America did enough to advance to the knockout round. On the TV side, however, yesterday’s game was a solid win for ESPN. With people all across the country ducking out of work to watch, the early weekday game got a 6.3 overnight rating, the network’s third-highest-rated World Cup men’s game ever. Nielsen said coverage peaked from 1:45-2 PM ET with a 9.5 rating.

Demand for the USA-Germany game was intense enough that the live stream on ESPN’s WatchESPN app crashed soon after the game started. About 1.4 million watched WatchESPN for the first half. Overall, WatchESPN attracted a record 1.7 million viewers during the game Thursday, though the offerings included the concurrent Portugal-Ghana game and Wimbledon. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Transformers 4′ Box Office Debut, Team USA World Cup Ratings, Shia LaBeouf Arrested (Video)

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT
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Morning Report, Friday June 27

'Transformers 4' on track for mid-$90 million opening, ESPN continues to score with USA-Germany match notching its third-highest World Cup ratings ever, Shia LaBeouf is released from police custody after alleged outburst during Broadway performance of 'Cabaret'. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

‘Transformers’ On Path To Mid-$90M Opening
USA-Germany Scores ESPN’s Third-Best World Cup Ratings Ever
Shia LaBeouf Mistakes Studio 54 For Studio 54

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Oldman Apologizes On ‘Kimmel’, Online Vs TV Ads, USA Advances In World Cup (Video)

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 11:08am PDT
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Morning Report, Thursday June 26

Gary Oldman apologizes on <em>Jimmy Kimmel Live</em> for controversial remarks he made in a recent Playboy interview, online video advertising is no match for the take on broadcast and pay TV, ESPN and Univision are likely headed for record ratings as Team USA advances in the World Cup. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

Gary Oldman Says He’s Sorry On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
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