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UNIVISION'S RATINGS STRONG; ON ESPN, FOUDY YOU LIKE THAT?
Published June 26, 1998
During Univision's live coverage of 32 World Cup games, the network is averaging 767,000 households, "easily eclipsing ESPN's average of 592,000 and ESPN2's 346,000, according to the AP's Josh Dubow. ABC's five-game average is at 3.2, down 56% from '94 (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 6/26). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth: "As France bids adieu to those Losing Ugly Americans ... with them likely goes any further interest in the rest of the tournament by the casual U.S. television sports audience" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/26). STAR IN THE MAKING? SI's John Walters calls Julie Foudy's soccer analysis for ESPN's World Cup coverage "a terrific bonus." Foudy has "shown -- and elicited -- more passion than her male compatriots" did on the field (SI, 6/29 issue)....The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Steve McKee writes that ESPN2's "World Cup 2Nite" gets it "mostly right" and gives "kudos" for including Foudy, even though the "banter" at times "seems scripted" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/26).