World Cup soccer continues to draw record television crowds, and New York is among the cities with the greatest viewership.
More than 18 million people watched the United States play Portugal to a 2-2 tie on Saturday, making it the most-watched soccer match ever on U.S. television, according to Mediabistro. The New York City area cracked the list of top markets to watch the big game, with an 12.5 rating.
Rounding out the top markets: Washington, D.C. (13.3) Columbus, OH (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5), according to the website.
If you think that's pretty cool, take a look at the satellite view of Brazil from NASA. It shows the 12 cities hosting World Cup games this summer: Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Fortaleza, Cuiabá, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.
Brazil is a bright place on any day, holding its place as the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world by area. Let's hope the lights stay on for the U.S. team after Thursday's match against Germany at 12 p.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN.
Where will you be watching Thursday's game?