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July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Heading towards a possible showdown between Europe’s historic rivals, France and Germany, World Cup telecasts in their respective home countries drew massive numbers on Monday. France’s match against Nigeria, played in Brasilia, averaged 16 million viewers or 69.5 percent of the French audience. It peaked at 21.2 million. Germany’s clash with Algeria produced even bigger ratings. It averaged 28.2 million viewers, representing 85.1 percent of the German television audience. So far as Americans are concerned, the big match will occur at 4:00 p.m. ET today when Team USA takes on Belgium. Some 13 million viewers are expected to watch the game on ESPN. CBS This Morning interviewed Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, who commented, "This is ‘be big,’ ‘win or go home,’ … "People are crowding into bars and restaurants they’re crowding into these massive public events and there’s like a collective breath that’s being held for 90 minutes." Meanwhile, Nielsen reported today that Univision’s coverage of Sunday’s Mexico­Netherlands match drew 10.4 million viewers, making it the most-viewed telecast in the history of Spanish-language TV. (ESPN recorded 6.1 million viewers for the same match.)