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USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record for ESPN (TVNewser)
ESPN’s last World Cup before turning over the broadcast rights to Fox Sports is off to a good start: Monday night’s USA-Ghana match was the most-watched men’s soccer match ever on ESPN or ESPN2, drawing 11.1 million viewers per minute. Capital New York Univision averaged 4.8 million viewers for its language coverage, according to overnight data from Nielsen. All told, an average of 16 million people watched the game live on television, with at least 1.4 million more watching (legally) online. Bleacher Report But even before that game, ESPN was already enjoying some of its best ratings ever. Through the first 11 games, the networks of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC had averaged about 3.7 million viewers. That was a 2 percent bump over the 2010 World Cup, which of course included a weekend game featuring the United States and England on ABC. If the ratings from that England match are removed, ratings were up a rather mind-blowing 37 percent. AllFacebook Team USA’s thrilling 2-1 victory caused some 10 million Facebook users to produce more than 15 million interactions on the social network, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. Variety The soccer tourney has already broken the previous global record for online-video streaming. Monday’s Germany-Portugal match drove a peak of 4.3 terabits per second of streaming video on the Akamai Technologies content-delivery network — blasting past the previous high of 3.5 Tbps for the U.S.-Canada men’s hockey semifinal during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The streaming-video peak for the USA-Ghana match came in at 3.2 Tbps, behind last Friday’s 3.5 Tbps for the Spain-Netherlands contest, according to Akamai.

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NYT Co. Considers Asset Sales

nyggggt.jpgWell, one supposes it’s better than bankruptcy (also, a corruption scandal!). The Financial Times is reporting that the New York Times Co. is “considering potential asset sales and is in discussions with lenders as it prepares for one of the ‘most challenging years’ in its history.” These asset sales, mind you, do not include the Times building, which the company announced on Monday it would be borrowing against. Nor do they include all the Barack Obama election issues which gave the paper a bump last month. Times Co. chief executive Janet Robinson isn’t giving details but there is speculation that the company could be looking to offload its “New England newspapers — including the Boston Globe — and its 17 per cent stake in the Boston Red Sox baseball team.” However(!) Robinson does stress that the company is NOT for sale (you know, until it is).

At the UBS conference yesterday Jeff Bercovici reports that the Times execs were coming under some heavy questioning, particularly about the Times much-delayed decision to cut dividends. Why so late and why not more?

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