[TELEVISION WATCH] The good news is that the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands drew almost 10 million more viewers than the final game of
the 2010 World Series. On the other hand, the combined audience for MLS Cup 2010 on ESPN and Galavision was less than one-eighth the audience for the final game of the Stanley Cup hockey finals on
NBC. For a look at the viewerships of the finals of 2010's major sporting events ...
2010 Super Bowl
106,500,000 million viewers (CBS)
Note: The Saints-Colts game was most-watched television show in history, beating out the final episode of "M*A*S*H" in 1983.
2010 NBA finals (Game 7)
28,200,000 million viewers (ABC)
Note: Game 7 between Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics was the most-watched NBA game since Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth championship over the Utah Jazz in 1998.
2010 World Cup final
15,545,000 viewers (ABC)
8,821,000 viewers (Univision)
24,366,000 viewers (Total)
Note: The game was the most-watched World Cup game ever on ABC and the most-watched final on Univision.
2010 Masters golf tournament (Day 4)
17,100,000 viewers (CBS)
Note: The golf tournament ended on Sunday with a three-way sudden-death playoff.
2010 World Series (Game 5)
14,950,000 million (FOX)
Note: The San Francisco-Texas game was the least-watched deciding game in World Series history.
2010 Stanley Cup (Game 6)
8,280,000 viewers (NBC)
Note: Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers was the most-watched NHL game in 36 years.
2010 U.S. Open men's tennis final
2,170,000 viewers (CBS and ESPN2)
The match was pushed from Sunday to Monday because of rain and then delays forced the broadcast of Rafael Nadal's four-set win over Novak Djokovic to move from CBS to ESPN2.
MLS Cup 2010
Note: The record low for viewers was 876,000 for MLS Cup 2003 between San Jose and Chicago.