Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Mexico was the most watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in U.S. history, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo television and services transmission of Telemundo and Peacock.
The match, which began at 2 pm EST on Saturday, surpassed the previous group stage mark of 5.7 million set in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at 2 pm EST on November 24. The US Spanish-language overall record on TV for the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Mexico in a Round of 16 game on June 29, 2014, a Sunday game that began at noon EDT.
The Argentina-Mexico match set a record with 2.08 million viewers for broadcasts on Telemundo and Peacock, surpassing the 1.35 million for Mexico’s 0-0 draw against Poland on Tuesday, the networks said.
Telemundo and Peacock, as well as NBC News, are part of NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast Corp.
Fox holds the US English television rights.