[TELEVISION WATCH] Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan was seen by an average 13.458 million viewers (7.4 U.S.
household rating), more than double the previous records for the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network.
The previous record was for the USA-Algeria men’s match at the 2010 World Cup -- 6.16 million viewers, based on a 4.0 household U.S. rating.
The USA-Japan match also ranks as the sixth most-viewed soccer telecast ever in the United States.
Most-Viewed Soccer Events
|Year ||Match ||Event ||Network ||Viewership |
|1999 ||USA-China ||Women's World
Cup ||ABC ||17,975,000 |
|2010 ||Spain-Netherlands ||World Cup ||ABC ||15,905,000 |
|2010 ||USA-Ghana ||World Cup
||ABC ||15,193,000 |
|1994 ||Brazil-Italy ||World Cup ||ABC ||14,510,000 |
|1994 ||USA-Brazil ||World Cup ||ABC ||13,694,000 |
|2011 ||USA-Japan ||Women's World Cup ||ESPN ||13,458,000 |
|2006 ||Italy-France ||World Cup ||ABC ||11,961,000 |