ESPN revealed Monday that their broadcast of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final had scored a very good overnight rating of 8.6, but that wasn't the whole story. On Tuesday, ESPN released all of the details of the ratings, including comparisons to other soccer broadcasts on their family of networks, including ABC, and the stats are impressive.
The Women's World Cup final match between the USA and Japan was watched by a total of 13,458,000 viewers, making it the sixth most watched soccer broadcast of all time in the United States and the most watched soccer broadcast ever on ESPN. This means it beat out matches like the classic USA vs. Algeria match in the men's World Cup last year, multiple editions of El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, some major EPL derbies and multiple Champions League finals.
USA-Japan was also a hit on ESPN3.com, where 548,000 people watched the game, making it the eighth most viewed event ever on the service and the second most watched event that was not part of the 2010 World Cup.