So, the television ratings were even massiver (not a word) than the MASSIVE number that we thought earlier this morning.
Originally we went with, “Over 20 million viewers” as the headline because we were just looking at the overnights…. but then the Final numbers came in and they were almost a quarter more than we thought.
Check it out guys, almost 27 MILLION people watched the game in the United States.
Fox’s updated report states that, “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.
I’m going to post that last sentence again and put it in bold print:
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.
If you add in NBC’s Telemundo coverage which stated that its telecast averaged 1.27 million viewers, you get to over 26 million.
Fox’s press release also adds that “43.2 million viewers watched all or part of last night’s final” and that this was the most-watched telecast since the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game on CBS.
We already know that the already beat the NBA Finals, and the NHL Finals, and MLB’s game 7.
Basically, what this all shakes out to, is that this was the most watched sporting event on American television in the last few years, at least as a single event, than the Super Bowl.