DC only seems to 'count' for whatsoever in countries that have a chance of winning it. I remember well the days of Siemerink, Haarhuis, Schalken et al.
, when my country was doing reasonably well. Every tie was televised.
Nowadays? We're happy to even see a 5-minutes round-up of the results on the telly.
I guess it's the same thing in the USA currently?