The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals between the United States and Japan was the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network. The match earned a 7.4 U.S. household rating and was seen by an average of 13.4 million viewers.
The previous ESPN record was the USA-Algeria men’s match from the 2010 World Cup, which earned a 4.0 U.S. household rating and 6.16 million viewers.
Overall, Sunday’s match was the sixth-most viewed soccer telecast ever in the United States.
Most-Viewed Soccer Events in the United States:
|Date||Match||Network||U.S. Rating||P2+ (Viewers)|
|Sat., July 10, 1999||USA vs. China – Final||ABC||11.4||17,975,000|
|Sun., July 11, 2010||Netherlands vs. Spain – Final||ABC||8.4||15,905,000|
|Sat., June 26, 2010||USA vs. Ghana – Round of 16||ABC||8.5||15,193,000|
|Sun., July 17, 1994||Italy vs. Brazil – Final||ABC||9.5||14,510,000|
|Mon., July 4, 1994||Brazil vs. USA – Round of 16||ABC||9.3||13,694,000|
|Sun., July 17, 2011||USA vs. Japan – Final||ESPN||7.4||13,458,000|
|Sun., July 9, 2006||Italy vs. France – Final||ABC||7.0||11,961,000|
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