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Miami loves the World Cup. Here's the proof.

South Florida's passion for soccer was evident when a crowd of more than 47,000 showed up for a Peru vs. Croatia friendly at Hard Rock Stadium in March 2018.
South Florida's passion for soccer was evident when a crowd of more than 47,000 showed up for a Peru vs. Croatia friendly at Hard Rock Stadium in March 2018. Miami Herald

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Miami has always been one of the nation’s top TV markets for the World Cup, and this time is no different, despite the morning and early-afternoon game times from Russia.

Through Tuesday’s matches, Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked No. 1 among all U.S. markets in viewership of the 2018 World Cup on Spanish-language Telemundo and No. 2 overall for the Fox English-language coverage.

The 6.2 Nielsen rating on Miami’s Telemundo 51 was well ahead of second-place market Los Angeles (3.4), third-place Houston (2.7), fourth-place New York City (2.1) and fifth-place Dallas (1.7). San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego rounded out the top 10.

The Germany-Mexico match on June 17 drew a 10.2 rating on Telemundo in the Miami area, outperforming all other local TV during that time slot.

Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranks second overall on FOX and FS1 behind Washington, D.C., with a 2.5 combined rating through Tuesday night and ranked top 5 among all U.S. markets for 22 matches so far.

South Florida had the nation’s highest viewership numbers on FOX/FS1 for four matches — Argentina vs. Nigeria (4.5 on June 26), Argentina vs. Croatia (3.9 on June 21), Brazil vs. Costa Rica (2.4 on June 22), and Spain vs. Morocco (1.5 on June 25).

Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked second nationally for seven matches — Japan vs. Senegal (4.5), Iran vs. Portugal (3.8), Denmark vs. France (2.9), Poland vs. Senegal (2.8), Belgium vs. Panama (2.0), Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (0.6), and Australia vs. Peru (0.7).

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