World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership.

Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States.

TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and Croatia.

Overall on television, the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the FOX and Telemundo networks averaged 4.6 million viewers per game. Compared to the previous tournaments, the 2014 World Cup averaged approximately 8.1 million viewers combined on the ESPN and Univision networks.

For the 2018 tournament that featured 64 games, Telemundo averaged 2.02 million viewers per game compared to an average of 2.63 million on FOX. It’s worth noting that Telemundo has a much smaller footprint. Telemundo is in more than 53 million homes in the United States. FOX Sports, who have been broadcasting games on the over-the-air FOX network and FS1, are in 116 million homes (FOX) and 84 million homes (FS1) respectively. Plus, while Telemundo’s overall numbers are lower than FOX, Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, and yet Telemundo Deportes makes up 41% of the average World Cup viewership (average split for all games through Final (1.9 million vs 2.8 million).

SEE MORE: Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

According to Nielsen Media Research, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on FOX/FS1 produced the following U.S. television marks:

• The highest Household Delivery for any Semifinal since at least 1990: Croatia-England – 4,153,000 – Saturday, July 14
• The most-watched Quarterfinal on record: Croatia-Russia – 6,386,000 viewers on FOX, Saturday, July 7
• The most-watched Quarterfinals day on record – Saturday, July 7
• The most-watched weekday non-U.S. Round of 16 match on record: Croatia vs. Denmark – 5,966,000 on FOX, Sunday, July 1
• The most-watched non-U.S. Group Stage match on record on English language television: Germany vs. Sweden – 5,452,000 on FOX, Saturday, June 23.

France’s dominant 4-2 victory over Croatia averaged 11,824,000 viewers across FOX and streaming sources. On Telemundo, the final posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, and the Telemundo En Vivo and NBC Sports apps.

Here’s the total TV viewership for the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

DATE & KICKOFF TIME GAME TELEMUNDO FOX SPORTS TOTAL FOX OR FS1 TEL OR UNI
Thurs., June 14; 11am ET Russia-Saudi Arabia 1,370,000 1,494,000 2,864,000 FOX Telemundo
Fri., June 15, 8am ET Egypt-Uruguay 1,190,000 903,000 2,093,000 FS1 Telemundo
Fri., June 15, 11am ET Morocco-Iran 949,000 1,695,000 2,644,000 FOX Telemundo
Fri., June 15, 2pm ET Portugal-Spain 1,840,000 2,924,000 4,764,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 16, 6am ET France-Australia 490,000 796,000 1,286,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sat., June 16, 9am ET Argentina-Iceland 2,210,000 2,973,000 5,183,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 16, Noon ET Peru-Denmark 2,450,000 2,001,000 4,451,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sat., June 16, 3pm ET Croatia-Nigeria 1,930,000 2,178,000 4,108,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sun., June 17, 8am ET Costa Rica-Serbia 1,660,000 1,826,000 1,660,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., June 17, 11am ET Mexico-Germany 7,120,000 4,002,000 11,122,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sun., June 17, 2pm ET Brazil-Switzerland 4,350,000 4,147,000 8,497,000 FS1 Telemundo & NBCSN
Mon., June 18, 8am ET Korea-Sweden 746,000 750,000 1,496,000 FS1 Telemundo
Mon. June 18, 11am ET Belgium-Panama 1,600,000 1,364,000 2,964,000 FS1 Telemundo
Mon., June 18, 2pm ET England-Tunisia 1,430,000 1,931,000 3,361,000 FS1 Telemundo
Tues., June 19, 8am ET Colombia-Japan 1,520,000 953,000 2,473,000 FS1 Telemundo
Tues., June 19, 11am ET Poland-Senegal 1,200,000 1,647,000 2,847,000 FOX Telemundo
Tues., June 19, 2pm ET Russia-Egypt 1,260,000 1,957,000 3,217,000 FOX Telemundo
Weds., June 20, 8am ET Portugal-Morocco 1,270,000 1,082,000 2,352,000 FS1 Telemundo
Weds., June 20, 11am ET Uruguay-Saudi Arabia 1,390,000 1,560,000 2,950,000 FOX Telemundo
Weds., June 20, 2pm ET Iran-Spain 1,630,000 2,240,000 3,870,000 FOX Telemundo
Thurs., June 21, 8am ET Denmark-Australia 913,000 854,000 1,767,000 FS1 Telemundo
Thurs., June 21, 11am ET Peru-France 1,950,000 1,930,000 3,880,000 FOX Telemundo
Thurs., June 21, 2pm ET Argentina-Croatia 2,030,000 2,560,000 4,590,000 FOX Telemundo
Fri., June 22, 8am ET Brazil-Costa Rica 1,560,000 1,215,000 2,775,000 FS1 Telemundo
Fri., June 22, 11am ET Nigeria-Iceland 1,340,000 2,240,000 3,580,000 FOX Telemundo
Fri., June 22, 2pm ET Serbia-Switzerland 1,410,000 2,310,000 3,720,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 23, 8am ET Belgium-Tunisia 1,270,000 1,861,000 3,131,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 23, 11am ET Korea-Mexico 6,600,000 4,433,000 11,033,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 23, 2pm ET Germany-Sweden 3,430,000 5,397,000 8,827,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., June 24, 8am ET England-Panama 1,510,000 1,623,000 3,133,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sun., June 24, 11am ET Japan-Senegal 2,380,000 3,505,000 5,885,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., June 24, 2pm ET Poland-Colombia 3,540,000 4,384,000 7,924,000 FOX Telemundo
Mon., June 25, 10am ET Uruguay-Russia 1,670,000 1,600,000 3,270,000 FOX Telemundo
Mon., June 25, 10am ET Egypt-Saudi Arabia 38,000 301,000 339,000 FS1 Universo
Mon., June 25, 2pm ET Iran-Portugal 1,670,000 2,200,000 3,870,000 FOX Telemundo
Mon., June 25, 2pm ET Spain-Morocco 153,000 879,000 1,032,000 FS1 Universo
Tues., June 26, 10am ET Denmark-France 81,000 1,700,000 1,781,000 FOX Universo
Tues., June 26, 10am ET Australia-Peru 1,500,000 376,000 1,876,000 FS1 Telemundo
Tues., June 26, 2pm ET Nigeria-Argentina 2,390,000 2,613,000 5,003,000 FOX Telemundo
Tues., June 26, 2pm ET Croatia-Iceland 41,000 562,000 603,000 FS1 Universo
Weds., June 27, 10am ET Mexico-Sweden 4,420,000 2,165,000 6,585,000 FOX Telemundo
Weds., June 27, 10am ET Korea-Germany 151,000 1,020,000 1,171,000 FS1 Universo
Weds., June 27, 2pm ET Serbia-Brazil 2,120,000 2,300,000 4,420,000 FOX Telemundo
Weds., June 27, 2pm ET Switzerland-Costa Rica 109,000 571,000 680,000 FS1 Universo
Thurs., June 28, 10am ET Senegal-Colombia 1,890,000 1,900,000 3,790,000 FOX Telemundo
Thurs., June 28, 10am ET Japan-Poland 29,000 422,000 451,000 FS1 Universo
Thurs., June 28, 2pm ET England-Belgium 1,360,000 2,400,000 3,760,000 FOX Telemundo & NBCSN
Thurs., June 28, 2pm ET Panama-Tunisia 89,000 314,000 403,000 FS1 Universo
Sat., June 30, 10am ET France-Argentina 3,510,000 4,690,000 8,200,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., June 30, 2pm ET Uruguay-Portugal 3,810,000 5,879,000 9,689,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., July 1, 10am ET Spain-Russia 3,530,000 5,116,000 8,646,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., July 1, 2pm ET Croatia-Denmark 3,110,000 5,912,000 9,022,000 FOX Telemundo
Mon. July 2, 10am ET Brazil-Mexico 4,960,000 4,181,000 9,141,000 FOX Telemundo
Mon., July 2, 2pm ET Belgium-Japan 1,610,000 3,499,000 5,109,000 FOX Telemundo
Tues., July 3, 10am ET Sweden-Switzerland 1,280,000 1,691,000 2,971,000 FS1 Telemundo
Tues., July 3, 2pm ET Colombia-England 2,940,000 4,375,000 7,315,000 FOX Telemundo
Fri., July 6, 10am ET France-Uruguay 2,080,000 2,548,000 4,628,000 FS1 Telemundo
Fri., July 6, 2pm ET Brazil-Belgium 2,900,000 3,519,000 6,419,000 FS1 Telemundo
Sat., July 7, 10am ET Sweden-England 1,940,000 4,763,000 6,703,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., July 7, 2pm ET Russia-Croatia 2,800,000 6,317,000 9,117,000 FOX Telemundo
Tues., July 10, 2pm ET France-Belgium 2,320,000 4,400,000 6,720,000 FOX Telemundo
Weds., July 11, 2pm ET England-Croatia 2,750,000 5,504,000 8,254,000 FOX Telemundo
Sat., July 14, 10am ET Belgium-England 1,570,000 3,000,000 4,570,000 FOX Telemundo
Sun., July 15, 11am ET France-Croatia 5,320,000 11,300,000 16,620,000 FOX Telemundo
AVERAGE   2,026,234 2,636,750 4,634,453    
TOTALS   131,705,234 171,388,750 301,239,453  

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