(Women’s) Soccer Nation: USA-Japan World Cup Final Averages Record-setting 25.4 Million Viewers on Fox

 

Both John Ourand of Sports Business Journal and Richard Deitsch from Sports Illustrated are reporting that the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final where USA defeated Japan 5-2 to win the tournament averaged a stunning 25.4 million viewers on Fox, setting records for soccer viewership in the United States.

Last year’s USA-Portugal men’s match averaged 17.3 million on ESPN but added 9.2 million with Univision for  a total of 26.5 million. But look for Telemundo to add over a million viewers  (it was right around 1 million viewers on Telemundo in the preliminary numbers). Update: Telemundo averaged 1.3 million (1.27M) so USA-Japan with a combined 26.7 million is the most-watched soccer match ever in the United States.

Fox says the match peaked at 30.1 million from 8:30-8:45p ET, and that 43.2 million watched at least part of the match.

Update: here’s the full press release from Fox Sports:

Staggering 25.4 Million Viewers Witness USA Defeat Japan to Win Coveted FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Title

Audience Peaks at 31 Million Viewers

USA-Japan is Most-Watched Soccer Match in U.S. History

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

USA-Japan final highlights:

– The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.

– USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.

– The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

– Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

– Last night’s match delivered the most-watched telecast since the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game on CBS (28.3 million, 4/6/15).

– 43.2 million viewers watched all or part of last night’s final.

– The audience began at 18.2 million viewers at 7:00PM ET and peaked at a tournament-high 30.1 million from 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

– FOX Sports GO set a new record with 232,000 unique streamers. This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA-Germany semifinal (166,000 unique streamers). Women’s World Cup matches now comprise FOX Sports GO’s top 5 most-viewed events ever.

– Top markets for USA vs. Japan: Kansas City (20.6), followed by St. Louis (20.5), San Diego (19.5), Denver (19.4), Austin (19.1), Seattle (18.3), Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach (18.2), San Francisco and Las Vegas (17.7). The rating in Kansas City is the highest for any individual market in this tournament. The previous high was set by Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3) for USA-Germany in the Semifinal.

Note: All comparisons based on single net English language viewership.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ summary:

– The 2015 tournament averaged 1.824 million viewers per each of the tournament’s 52 matches across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +21% over 1,511,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 for the 32 matches played in 2011.

– Top markets for all seven USA matches: St. Louis (8.0), followed by Kansas City (7.5), Washington D.C. (7.3), Austin (6.6), San Diego (6.4), Richmond (6.2), Denver and Baltimore (6.1), Norfolk and West Palm Beach (6.0).

– Top markets for all 52 matches: St. Louis (1.94), Washington D.C. (1.85), Richmond (1.72), Kansas City (1.65), Sacramento (1.64), Baltimore (1.60), Orlando (1.56), Los Angeles (1.54), San Diego (1.51) and Las Vegas (1.50).

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