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Women's World Cup Final Highest-Rated Soccer Match In ESPN History

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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