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Argentina-Mexico World Cup game makes U.S. Spanish-language TV history

The game was the most watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo and the Telemundo and Peacock streaming services.
Erick Gutierrez and Rodrigo De Paul uring the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Mexico
Erick Gutierrez, left, and Rodrigo De Paul during the World Cup match between Argentina and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Saturday. Jorge Saenz / AP
/ Source: Associated Press

Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico was the most-watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in U.S. history, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo television and the streaming services of Telemundo and Peacock.

The game, which started at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, topped the previous group stage mark of 5.7 million set in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia, a 2 p.m. EST kickoff on Nov. 24. The overall U.S. Spanish-language record is 9.2 million on television for the Netherlands’ 2-1 win over Mexico in a round of 16 game on June 29, 2014, a Sunday match that kicked off at noon EDT.

The Argentina-Mexico match set a record with 2.08 million viewers of the streams on Telemundo and Peacock, topping the 1.35 million for Mexico’s 0-0 draw against Poland on Tuesday, the networks said.

Telemundo and Peacock, as well as NBC News, are part of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp.

Fox has U.S. English-language television rights.