This year's Women's World Cup Final drew a HUGE audience on Sunday:
Source confirms that the WWC Final drew an astounding 15.2 overnight rating. @SonOfTheBronx was the first I saw with this number today.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 6, 2015
How does that compare to the final match between U.S. and Japan in 2011?:
based on early overnight TV ratings in America, US Women's World Cup game DOUBLED viewers from US finals just 4 yrs ago.— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) July 6, 2015
According to TV By The Numbers, 20.3 million people watched the 2015 Women's World Cup final. And apparently, other sources are saying it was 25.4 million viewers:
Per both @Ourand_SBJ and me: Fox averaged 25.4 million viewers for last night's WWC US-Japan game. Amazing.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 6, 2015
Up until last night, the three most-watched soccer events in U.S. television history were (in descending order) the U.S.-Portugal match during the 2014 World Cup (18.2 million), the 1999 Women's World Cup final (17.9 million), and the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina (~17.3 million). This year's final easily ascended to the top of that list.
The fact that the 2015 Women's World Cup just became the most-watched soccer event in U.S. television history is a big "eff you" to the doubters who say that America doesn't care either about women's sports or soccer.
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