As many as 34.1 million viewers in Japan watched the teamís
2-1 defeat by the Ivorians on the NHK channel at 10 a.m. local
time, while 42.9 million in Brazil saw the hosts beat Croatia
3-1 in the tournamentís opener on TV Globo.
The match between the U.S. and Ghana was watched by 11.1 million
on ESPN in the United States, setting a new record for ESPN
coverage of a menís World Cup match.
ďThese record-breaking figures show just how popular football
and the FIFA World Cup is across the world, from Japan to
Argentina,Ē said FIFA TV director Niclas Ericson.
ďWe are seeing highly encouraging growth in interest in markets
such as the United States and Australia."
Englandís 2-1 defeat by Italy in the Amazon city of Manaus
attracted 14.2 million on BBC 1 in the UK and 12.8 million on
RAI 1, the highest TV audiences in both countries in 2014.
Germany's ARD channel had 26.4 million watching the country's
4-0 win over Portugal.
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; editing by Justin Palmer)
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