We got the feeling people in Richmond had caught World Cup fever but now we have the numbers to prove it.
We got the feeling people in Richmond had caught World Cup fever but now we have the numbers to prove it. According to Grantland, our city had the 4th highest ratings in the nation for the the USA VS Belgium match trailing only Washington DC, New York and Harford.
From the Grantland article The United States of Soccer: Where Did Americans Watch the USMNT?
Nobody had World Cup fever as much as New Yorkers. The USA-Belgium match drew a huge 15.0 rating there, by far the highest mark anywhere in the country. Here are the top five markets according to today’s data:
1. New York: 15.0
2. Hartford/New Haven: 13.2
3. Washington, D.C.: 12.8
4. Richmond/Petersburg: 12.3
5. Boston: 12.2
Those eastern cities outpaced all other locations, and in general it’s fair to say that watching the game was more popular on the East Coast than anywhere else. The match garnered over a 10.0 in 15 markets, and of those 15, 13 are in the eastern time zone, where the match started at 4 p.m., a reasonably acceptable time to stop working for the day.