The overnight rating for MLS Cup '09 on ESPN was a 0.9, up from last year's low of 0.7 for the Columbus-New York final on ABC.
Overnight ratings included a 5.8 rating in Salt Lake City, 2.8 in Seattle and 1.9 in Los Angeles.
Each point means one percent of all households tuned into the broadcast.
Overnight ratings represent the ratings in major markets. Final soccer ratings tend to decline because soccer generally is less popular in smaller and more rural markets that report later.
Only one of the six previous finals on ABC drew as high an overnight rating as a 1.0.