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Volume 21 No. 30
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U.S. audiences boot World Cup

David Neal, executive producer for the World Cup on Fox, says ratings thus far have “met or exceed[ed] expectations,” but there’s no denying that the per-game group stage numbers are down compared to recent Cups. The unfriendly time zones in Russia, which are at least seven hours ahead of ET, are a factor, but the bigger impact likely stems from the absence of the U.S. team, which failed to qualify for the event.