The Seattle Sounders drew more people on the live YouTube stream of the game, then several Mariners games this year.
The game was not available on any over the air channels, but was streamed live over YouTube. While the broadcast quality has improved over the years, it is not made for television quality, and there were some issues with network issues for some fans. However, what is more impressive is the amount of people watching the match.
A total of over 44,000 people watched the game on Wednesday evening, with a peak live viewership of 19,127 in the 110th minute of the game.
The Sounders vs Timbers game would have drawn a 2.0 in the Seattle market.
That is higher than the 1.8 the Seattle Mariners drew on Saturday, May 3rd on a regionally available television network (ROOT).
How does that compare to other live shows?
It is tough to tell what kind of number nearly 20,000 live viewers is and 44,000 overall. The only comparisons are other recent US Open Cup games. The Chicago Fire vs Atlanta Silver Backs had 3,783 peak live viewers. The Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew US Open Cup match had less, at 3,234 peak live viewers. The previous week’s matchup for Seattle and San Jose had peak viewership at nearly 11,000.
The most viewed live event was Christian Baumgardners record-setting jump with nearly 8 million live viewers.
Clearly there is some form of World Cup bump going on, and Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers will be a better measuring stick on the national level (ESPN 2).
Soccer is here to stay, and fans are committed to watching it however they can as the huge numbers prove.