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NEW YORK (AP) _ The World Cup was seen on television by a combined 1.5 billion viewers in 18 countries measured by Nielsen Media Research.

Thailand had a combined total of 269 million, most among the 18 nations included by Nielsen, the company said Tuesday, followed by co-host South Korea (266 million) and China (263 million).

The United States was sixth at 85 million, but that figure included only English-language viewers on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. An additional 80 million Spanish-language watched on Univision and Telefutura.

South Korea had the highest rating at 16, followed by Malaysia and Singapore at 12. The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a broadcast.

The only European nations included were Sweden (44 million viewers/8 rating), Finland (19 million/7) and Ireland (12 million/6). No South Americans countries were included.

Brazil's 2-0 victory over Germany in the final on June 30 was viewed by 63 million in the 18 nations.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, estimated that the 1998 tournament was watched by a cumulative 37 billion worldwide, including 1.5 billion for host France's win over Brazil in the final.