[TELEVISION WATCH] The combined audience for Sunday's World Cup final on ABC and Univision was 24.3 million viewers, the largest U.S. audience for a soccer
match -- and almost 6 million more than the combined audience in England.
ABC had 15.5 million viewers, while Univision drew 8.8 million viewers.
In England, the Spain-Netherlands game drew an average audience of 18.4 million viewers -- 15.1 million on BBC and 3.3 million on ITV.
Other audiences for the World Cup final:
SPAIN: 15.6 million viewers -- 91% of the TV audience -- watched on one the three channels broadcasting the match.
NETHERLANDS: 8.5 million viewers -- 91% share -- watched on NOS.
(These figures don't include the millions more who watched the final at public viewing events.)
Of the other major European markets, the final drew more television viewers in only Germany than in the USA.
FRANCE: 14.1 million viewers -- 63% share -- watched on TFI.
GERMANY: 25.1 million viewers -- 71% share -- watched on ZDF (the Germany-Spain semifinal was watched by 31 million viewers on ZDF).
ITALY: 13.5 million viewers -- 63% share -- watched on RAI 1.
(The French and Italian audiences were records for soccer matches not featuring their national teams.)