World Cup soccer continues to draw record television crowds, and viewership in metro Atlanta is a big part of the world fútbol party.
More than 18 million people watched the United States play Portugal
to a 2-2 tie on Sunday, making it the most-watched soccer match ever
on U.S. television, according to Mediabistro.
Leading the way with a
13.3 rating was the metro area of Washington, D.C., while metro Atlanta's 11.1 rating placed seventh in U.S. markets according to the website.
the Top 10 markets: Columbus, OH (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5),
Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Baltimore
(11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5).
The dramatic match was also the most-viewed program in ESPN's history, save for NFL and college football telecasts.
If you think that's pretty cool, take a look at the satellite view of Brazil from NASA.
It shows the 12 cities hosting World Cup games this summer: Brasília,
Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Fortaleza, Cuiabá, Porto Alegre, Curitiba,
Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.
Brazil is a bright place on any day, holding its place as the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world by area. Let's hope the lights stay on for the U.S. team after Thursday's match against Germany.