The U.S. women’s national soccer team’s match against Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final was a loss for the U.S., but ESPN scored with its biggest audience ever for a soccer match, reports Multichannel News.
The match drew 13.46 million viewers, ranking it as the sixth-largest cable telecast of 2011, the story says, citing ESPN officials.
It was also the sixth-most-watched soccer telecast in U.S. history. The five previous soccer games that drew larger viewership numbers were all televised by ABC, the story says.
Among those telecasts is the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, with Brandi Chastain’s sports-bra-baring moment, which drew nearly 18 million viewers. That game ranks as the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history.
Brandi Chastain, 1999 World Cup Final