TV Report: USA-China sets Fox soccer viewing record

Friday's USA-China quarterfinal match at the Women's World Cup drew 5.7 million viewers on Fox, a new soccer record for the network, breaking the short-lived mark set a week earlier for the USA-Nigeria match (5.0 million).

Most-Watched Women's World Cup Matches:
AVG. MATCH (NETWORK), YEAR
17,975,000 USA-China
(ABC), 1999
13,458,000 USA-Japan (ESPN), 2011
5,700,000 USA-China (Fox), 2015
5,043,000 USA-Nigeria (Fox), 2015
4,924,000 USA-Brazil
(ESPN), 1999
4,700,000 USA-Colombia (Fox Sports 1), 2015
4,500,000 USA-Sweden
(Fox), 2015
3,890,000 USA-Brazil (ESPN), 2011
3,354,000 USA-France (ESPN), 2011
3,311,000 USA-Australia
(Fox Sports 1), 2015

The match provided Fox its highest-rated program among Adults 18-49 (2.0) since the season finale of Empire in March 2015 and was  projected to give it its best Friday night in primetime since the Pac-12 football championship game in December 2014.

The Germany-France on Friday afternoon drew 1.7 million viewers, a tournament high for its coverage of a non-USA match. The match drew 3.8 million viewers on W9 -- a programming record for the French network -- and an impressive 16 percent of all television viewers.

Top Markets (USA vs. China):
Kansas City (7.8)
St. Louis (6.7)
Washington, D.C. (5.7)
Austin (5.6)
Greensboro (5.4)
Norfolk (5.2)
Atlanta (5.1)
Sacramento (5.1)
Tulsa (5.1)
Dayton (5.1)
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