By Alan Pergament
The rating in Western New York for the final World Cup game featuring the United States Tuesday was the highest of the four games but it didn't crack double-digits.
Belgium's 2-1 victory in extra time that knocked out the United States had an 9.4 rating here on ESPN from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Each rating point equals about 6,300 households here, so it means about 59,000 households were tuned in. The crowds in bars and at public events aren't measured.
The game in the round of 16 was the highest-rated program Tuesday, narrowly defeating NBC's prime time hit "America's Got Talent" (9.3). The game beat all the local newscasts from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. by a much bigger margin as overall newscast viewing took a big hit from what they normally receive.
The game rating peaked at 11.2 from 5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. as regulation was about the conclude.
The highest-rated of the three previous World Cup games featuring the United States was an 8.7 for the 2-2 draw with Portugal on a Sunday afternoon. The opening win over Ghana had a 6.5 rating and the loss to Germany a 7.0.
All those local ratings are only for the time the game was actually played and the intermission. Nationally, ESPN includes the 30-minute pregame show, which lowers the rating.
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