Croatia Win Over Russia Blows The Lid Off World Cup Ratings; Best Since 2014 Final

Deadline | 7/8/2018 | Dominic Patten
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On a scorching Saturday that saw England advance further in the World Cup than the home of the beautiful game has since 1990 and Croatia take down a dynamo, Russia was on seemingly everyone’s lips yesterday – and we don’t mean Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation of Donald Trump and the adjoining array of Congressional committees.

Going all the way to an obviously dramatic 3-4 penalty shootout with the 2018 tournament hosts, Ivan Rakitic, Domagoj Vida and the rest of the Croatian national team put the brakes on Vladimir Putin and Russia’s eventual aim of a World Cup final perch. They also helped Fox hit new ratings highs for its coverage of this year’s World Cup.

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Actually, breaking the 2018 record established by Croatia’s July 1 victory in penalties over Denmark, the Russian loss to the Luka Modric lead team scored a whooping 5.0/13 in metered market ratings. Not only is that now the best result of the 2018 World Cup for the Rupert Murdoch owned outlet in the early metrics but it is also the best any Men’s match has done on any American network since the 2014 FIFA tournament’s Germany winning final.

That ABC broadcast game of Die Mannschaft’s overtime 1-0 won over Argentina on July 13, 2014 nailed a 9.7 rating in the metered markets. It went on to have a very impressive viewership of 17.324 million on that Sunday summer afternoon.

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