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Brazil President to Christiane Amanpour: Nightmares Not as Bad as World Cup Loss

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Brazil’s President said she could’ve never imagined Brazil’s resounding World Cup defeat.

“My nightmares never got so bad Christiane. They never went that far,” President Dilma Rousseff told Amanpour, responding to her question on whether she ever dreamed Brazil would suffer such a lopsided loss in the semi-finals.  Germany beat Brazil 7-1 yesterday.

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Costas: NBC Should Say ‘Politically Correct BS’ on Sterling Controversy Spurring Race Dialogue

CostasWhile talking about the ramifications of Donald Sterling‘s controversial racial comments, Bob Costas noted some points people at his network should make.

“When people say, ‘well, this is an opportunity to open up a dialogue on race,’ here is where I think some people who work in this building ought to step up and say you know what, that’s a bunch of politically correct BS,” Costas said on “Up with Steve Kornacki” over the weekend.

Costas added that the less comfortable and more complicated truths about race relations in 2014 as compared to 1964 and 1984 is something media networks are less inclined to dig deep into.

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21.6 Million Watch US-Belgium Match on ESPN, Univision

tim howardBetween ESPN and Univision, 21.6 million viewers watched yesterday’s U.S.-Belgium World Cup match — 16.5 million on ESPN and another 5.1 million on Univision.

The game — a heartbreaking overtime loss for the U.S. team to Belgium — was the second most-viewed men’s soccer match in the United States ever, according to ESPN. ESPN’s telecast peaked from 5:30 to 6 p.m., during overtime, with 19.5 million viewers.

The game drew viewers away from cable news from 4-6pmET, too: Fox News averaged 1,249,000 total viewers and 127,000 A25-54 viewers during that two-hour block, while MSNBC averaged 280,000 total viewers and 53,000 A25-54 viewers and CNN had 247,000 and 28,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Tweets About Americans’ World Cup Disinterest Before USA Faces Belgium

NBC News releases its polling information semi-frequently, but a tweet this morning with poll data regarding Americans’ interest in the World Cup could be perceived as ill-timed, but also highly competitive. Think of it as opposition research, via Twitter. NBC competitors ABC, ESPN, and Univision, have the U.S. rights to World Cup games.

Team USA squares off against Belgium at 4pmET on ESPN… not NBC, or NBC Sports Network, or Telemundo.

World Cup Ratings Soar; Univision Has Most-Viewed Telecast in History

mexiconetherlandsAs the clock ticks down to the 4pmET start for the Round of 16 USA/Belgium World Cup match, the TV ratings for other World Cup games continue to score big in the U.S.

Univision’s airing of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match Sunday afternoon was the most-viewed telecast in U.S. Spanish-language television history. The match drew 10.4 million Total Viewers and 5.8 million Adults 18-49.

Univision’s coverage of Mexico vs. Netherlands out-delivered ESPN. Still, the English-language airing on ESPN drew 6.571 million Total Viewers making it the highest-rated men’s World Cup match, in any round not involving a U.S. team.

ABC also posted large audiences for its weekend telecasts. ABC’s coverage of Brazil beating Chile on Saturday, ranks as the third highest-rated non-U.S. men’s World Cup Round of 16 match on ESPN or ABC drawing 6.142 million Total Viewers.

For Univision, the Mexico vs. Netherlands match, with a late scoring win for the Dutch, reached 16.2 million Total Viewers who tuned into all or part of the broadcast.

The World Cup continues to score on social media, with Facebook topping 1 billion mentions from 220 million users.

When Rambunctious Fans Invade World Cup Live Shots

As the USA-Germany game gets underway in Brazil, here’s a reminder of which lucky correspondents are covering the World Cup for their respective networks: CNN’s Lara Baldesarra, Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, ABC’s Paula Faris and NBC’s Natalie Morales, who found herself in the middle of a particularly noisy group of fans during her 9 a.m. live shot on “Today” this morning:

For those of you who work in TV news, and are not in Brazil, you may have the benefit of having a TV on your desk. And if you work for the state of New York, here’s some good news: Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved an extra hour of lunch for all New York State employees today. (Maybe he got the idea from his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo who was in Rio earlier this week covering the Team USA v. Portugal game.) See Gov. Cuomo’s tweet after the jump. Read more

18.2 Million Watch USA v. Portugal; Most-Watched Soccer Match Ever on U.S. TV

TeamUSAAn average of 18.22 million viewers watched the U.S. tie Portugal (2-2) in World Cup action late Sunday afternoon. That’s the most-watched Soccer match ever on American TV and surpasses the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. The match aired on ESPN.

The game peaked from 7:30 to 8pmET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers. The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts. The first World Cup match which saw Team USA in a 2-1 win over Ghana averaged 11,093,000 viewers.

Sunday’s match also set records on the WatchESPN app with a total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.

Over on Univision, coverage of the USA vs. Portugal match was also the most-viewed USA match in Univision Deportes World Cup history. The match averaged 6.5 million Total Viewers and 3.6 million A18-49 viewers. The match aired on the Univision Network, and simulcast on the Univision Deportes cable network.

USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record For ESPN

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.

Through the first 11 games, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have averaged about 3.7 million viewers, according to Bleacher Report.

Another Disney property, ABC News, is piggybacking on World Cup fever: the network has produced its own version of ESPN’s “I Believe” World Cup ad, with cameos from James Goldston and David Muir, among others. Goldston sent the video along to ABC News staffers yesterday, along with an invite to watch the game with him at PJ Clarke’s on the Upper West Side (we hear about 60 people showed up for the event).

CNN Crew Injured During Protest Ahead of Opening World Cup Match

ShastaCNNCNN Sao Paulo-based producer Barbara Arvanitidis (pictured) and correspondent Shasta Darlington were injured this morning while covering a protest ahead of today’s opening match of the World Cup.

CNN’s Brian Stelter reports Darlington suffered “a minor cut on her arm” while Arvanitidis “was hit on her wrist” by a tear gas canister fired by police during a protest in Sao Paulo. Darlington tweeted her thanks to BBC News Rio de Janeiro-based correspondent Wyre Davies and a group of protestors who protected them before things got out of hand. VIDEO after the jump…

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California Chrome Owner: ‘I Need to Apologize to the World and America’

Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome went on “Good Morning America” to apologize for his comments following California Chrome’s loss at the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown Saturday. Moments after the race, Coburn told NBC Sports: “This is the coward’s way out.” Coburn was referring to Belmont winner Tonalist who didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes. In fact, none of the top three Belmont finishers raced in the first two Triple Crown contests.

“I need to apologize to the world and America,” Coburn told Robin Roberts this morning. “I wanted it so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America and I was very emotional, very emotional.”

“I sincerely apologize,” he said. WATCH:

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