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Euro soccer viewership up big from 4 years ago

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By Associated Press

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The European Championship's viewership is up big from four years ago.

The average audience in the United States was up 82 percent for English-language broadcasts through the group stage.

The 24 matches on ESPN averaged more than 1 million viewers. For Euro 2008, the games were watched by an average of 552,000 people.