2018 World Cup Ratings Hit New High With Stunning Upsets

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

The 2018 FIFA World Cup games saw a boost in the ratings with back-to-back upsets Sunday in Round of 16.

According to Deadline Monday, the battle between Croatia and Denmark hit a new-ratings high for the games so far this year since they started the last month in Moscow, Russia, scoring a 4.8/11 in metered-market results on Fox and Fox Sports 1.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Croatia vs Denmark - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - July 1, 2018 Croatia's Danijel Subasic celebrates on the shoulders of Domagoj Vida after winning the penalty shootout REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Soccer Football – World Cup – Round of 16 – Croatia vs Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – July 1, 2018 Croatia’s Danijel Subasic celebrates on the shoulders of Domagoj Vida after winning the penalty shootout REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The game earlier in the day between Russia and Spain game in as the second-highest rated game of the 2018 games with 4.4/12 in metered-market results.

The reason could be the fact that both games ended in shootouts with the teams going into the penalty kick round after ending the game 1–1 following overtime.

Even more shocking for the fans, the games will proceed without big names like Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo after their teams lost in the knockout round, with France beating the 1998 World Cup winner’s Argentina Saturday by a score of 4–3, sending Messi home. That game scored a 3.9/12 in metered-market household ratings with 5.2 million people tuned in.

Later in the day, Uruguay sent Ronaldo and the rest of his Portugal team home with a 2–1 stomping. That game earned 6.8 million viewers Saturday, making it the most watched match of all the games this year. That battle ending up scoring a 4.4/12 in metered-market results.

In addition, it earned the title of the most watched game in America since the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, that resulted in an extra time 1-0 win with 17.32 million viewers.

Update: The story originally stated that the ratings were in the quarterfinals, it has since been updated to reflect that the teams were in Round of 16.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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