Even with the game winding up as a rout, by soccer standards, the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which Team USA cruised to the title with a 5-2 win over Japan, set a ratings record for soccer in the U.S.
Fox announced that its coverage of the game delivered a 15.2/27 metered market rating/share from 7-9 p.m. ET, based on Nielsen data.
“It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network, surpassing the previous mark set for the Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China in 1999 on ABC (13.3 mm rating),” the announcement notes.
The rating was up 77% over the 8.6 delivered by the 2011 USA-Japan Women’s World Cup Final on ESPN.