The US women’s national team latest World Cup triumph was yet another ratings record-breaker for FOX.
The network announced Wednesday that the average audience of 8.4 million viewers for the USWNT’s 2-0 semifinal victory over No. 1-rated Germany broke the most recent mark for soccer on the network, set on June 26 with the USA-China quarterfinals match, by a 47 percent margin (5.7 million).
USA-Germany is now the third-most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 World Cup Final (17.9 million) and Japan-USA in the 2011 World Cup Final (13.4 million).
The audience for USA-Germany on FOX was 147 percent better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match of the 2011 World Cup on ESPN (3.4 million). It was also the most-watched World Cup semifinal, men’s or women’s, ever in the US, breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).
FOX Sports GO’s audience of 166,000 unique streamers beat its previous best set by USA-Colombia in the round of 16 of this year’s tournament (121,000).
And, to top it off, it was the network’s most-watched broadcast since the April 1 edition of "American Idol."