The final of the 2010 World Cup was huge for Spain and pretty big in the United States as well.
The match, which saw Spain beat the Netherlands, 1-0, on Andres Iniesta‘s goal near the end of extra time, drew the biggest audience ever for a men’s World Cup match. ESPN says close to 15.5 million people tuned into the game, which aired on ABC Sunday afternoon (July 11).
Incidentally, that’s the second time we’ve written a vairation on “biggest audience ever for a men’s World Cup match” during this year’s tournament. The U.S.-Ghana game on June 26, which drew 14.9 million people, held the record for all of two weeks.
– In other ratings news, A&E’s new series “The Glades” got off to a solid start Sunday night.
The crime drama scored 3.6 million viewers for its debut, a record for an original drama series on the channel. An encore airing later in the night drew an additional 1.5 million people, giving it a premiere-night total of 5.1 million.
– We’re not really sure if this is news, but in case you were wondering, The CW’s low-rated reality series “High Society” is still canceled.
So sayeth the New York Post, which reports that star Tinsley Mortimer thought she was going to have more editorial control over the show and walked away when that wasn’t the case.
And here we thought it was done when the network made absolutely no mention of the show at its upfront in May.
– A couple of casting hits: “The Wire’s” Aiden Gillen has joined HBO’s upcoming series “Game of Thrones,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed. He’ll play Littlefinger in the show based on George R.R. Martin’s novels.
Meanwhile, Deadline.com reports that Peter Serafanowicz has been made a regular on FOX’s new comedy “Running Wilde.” He was a guest star in the pilot, playing a rich-guy buddy of Will Arnett’s character.
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