World Cup 2014

World Cup: Germany's triumph over Argentina is most-watched soccer match ever in US

Sunday's World Cup final may not have featured the US national team, but it still set viewership records in the US.

A total of 26.5 million people watched Germany defeat Argentina on ABC and Univision, numbers that make the game the most viewed soccer match in the history of the United States. The match beat out the USMNT's draw with Portugal earlier in the group stage by a half-million viewers.

While 17.3 million people watched the game on the English-language broadcast on ABC, 9.2 million watched it on Univision. Those numbers made it the most watched game ever on a Spanish-language network. (Two previous games, USA-Portugal and the 1999 Women's World Cup final, had more viewers in English.) 

Betwen 5 and 5:30, when the match was in extratime, an average of 20.8 million viewers were tuned in on ABC. The game also had 1.8 million live unique viewers on ESPN's streaming platform, WatchESPN.