World Cup opener watched by 7.2 million viewers in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Qatar in the opener of this year’s World Cup was seen by 7.2 million viewers in the United States.

Sunday’s game was seen by 3.228 million people on English-language telecast on FS1 and Fox’s streaming services. It was seen by 4 million people on the Spanish-language broadcast of the digital platforms of Telemundo, Peacock and Telemundo Deportes, all part of Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal.

Fox’s viewership is up 88% from the 2018 opener, a 5-0 host Russian game against Saudi Arabia which was televised by the main Fox network on a Thursday in mid-June . Both games started at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Telemundo’s audience grew by 164% from 1.54 million in 2018.

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