Soccer Ratings Win for World Cup Champs
While some 17 million American viewers tuned in to the 7 p.m. ET start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million at 8:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary data from industry website TV Media Insights.
Those figures are comparable to the 2014 World Series’ Game 7, which attracted 23.5 million viewers — far more than any other game of the 2014 series.
As a comparison, consider that the Golden State Warriors’ recent title-clinching Game 6 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals earned a 15.9 overnight rating. That figure was hailed as a Game 6 record for ABC in a Finals series that drew the highest average numbers since the Michael Jordan era.
Which is pretty impressive for both the sport of soccer in the US and for women’s athletics in general.
It was a pretty amazing game, especially the first 15 minutes.
Update: To see all five goals with some Andrés Cantor enthusiasm for each: Listen To All Five U.S. Goals As Called By Telemundo’s Andrés Cantor