The final numbers arent calculated but the overnights are in. And. Yeah. The numbers are humongous!!!
Long story short, this when its all said and done will be the most watched soccer game in United States Soccer history.
For comparison and context here, the USMNT game against Portugal last year in the world cup had about 18 million viewers in the United States.
The overnights for USWNT v. Japan have them at 20 million plus at least, and the ‘peak viewers’ numbers will settle above 21 or 22 probably….
For even more comparison, and you know how I like to bring basketball in to this whole thing, is if you look at the latest NBA Finals numbers.
The Cleveland Cavs and the Golden State Warriors squared off and one could probably say that they are the two most popular teams in the NBA (unless you’re a Lakers fan and really know whats up) which resulted in them having the most popular NBA Finals broadcast since the Michael Jordan days.
Guess what those games averaged on ABC….. 19.9 million.
The Women’s World Cup Final did better.
FOX did an incredible job on coverage, they produced some awesome content, and from a viewers standpoint they kept me interested the entire time.
Random side note, the coverage across the board was great and if you missed the daily “Jay and Dan DON’T Go to the Women’s World Cup” on FS1 google and watch them. They are laugh out loud funny.
TV Ratings Sunday: Women’s World Cup Scores Record High – TVBTN.com
Finals earn highest ratings since Michael Jordan’s last title in 1998 – ESPN