As the United States Women’s National Team continues to celebrate the team’s third World Cup title, the squad continues to set records off the pitch as well.
ESPNFC.com on Monday reported that the U.S. 5-2 victory over Japan was the most viewed soccer game in American television history. The match on Fox drew a 12.9 rating and was seen by an average of 25.4 million viewers. The audience peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. as the match drew to a close. About 43.2 million viewers watched some portion of the World Cup finals.
The previous record was set in the summer of 2014, when 26.5 million tuned in to watch Germany defeat Argentina 1-0 in the finals of the men’s World Cup in Brazil.
Sunday’s match also shattered the previous viewership record for a women’s soccer match. In 1999, 17.9 million viewers watched the U.S. beat China on penalties in the World Cup final.
The U.S. Women also topped viewership of clinching games of three major US sports. Game 7 of last year’s World Series on Fox had 23.5 million viewers, the NBA title-winning victory in June on ABC had 23.3 million viewers and Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals had 8 million viewers.