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FOX’s Women’s World Cup is off to a good start with 3.3 million viewers for USA game


The TV ratings are now in from Monday night’s Women’s World Cup thriller between the United States and Australia. The 3-1 victory by the Yanks was seen by 3.311 million viewers, breaking the record for the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup Group Stage match on US TV.  The previous record was a match between USA and Denmark in 1999, which drew 2.457 million people.

The massive numbers more than triple the first USA match in the 2011 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (1.074 million) against North Korea.  Not only were the ratings outstanding when taking into account previous Women’s World Cup matches, but the USA-Australia game outperformed every soccer match in the history of FOX Sports 1, and it wasn’t even close.

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Prior to the match on Monday, the cable sports channel’s highest rated soccer match was the US Men’s National Team’s game against Mexico back in April, which had an audience of just over 800,000.

Online streams of the USA-Australia game also broke FOX records as well.  The match posted 118,000 unique streams on the FOX Sports GO app, making it the most-streamed sports event ever on the device, beating out the previous record set by game seven of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.

SEE MOREDownload the Women’s World Cup bracket, TV schedule and more from World Soccer Talk.

Proving that soccer is not a regional sport, the top ten markets to view this particular game were spread out all over the country.  Washington D.C. led all markets with a 4.5 rating of the match.  Other cities to round out the top ten were:  Baltimore (3.8), St. Louis (3.7), Hartford (3.6), San Diego (3.2), Seattle (3.1), Orlando (2.9), Sacramento (2.9), Kansas City (2.9) and Los Angeles (2.8).

In fact, through the first two days of the tournament, viewership is averaging just over a million people per match, a 76% increase from the 2011 Women’s World Cup.  If this is any indication of how big this year’s Women’s World Cup is going to be, FOX will certainly be thrilled with the results.


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  1. pr

    June 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I have been watching the usa women for awhile.
    The other day when I was watching your show for the
    warm up to the game, you said what was missing for the u.s. to spark them. The answer to that is that
    you have one of the best players sitting on the bench. Sidney Leroux is another megan rampinoe. She
    doesn’t get alot of press because she and alot of
    other girls are overshadowed by alex morgan. If
    you look at the line-up that the u.s. had against
    australia, everything was smooth.And then the coach
    changed it and now the team is limping along. Sidney to me is better than alex morgan, because
    alex morgan is always getting hurt and she has had
    alot of chances to score and she hasn’t. One goal.

  2. Eplnfl

    June 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Impressive numbers and somewhat of a surprise give that the event this year in my opinion seems over shadowed by other news of the soccer world. For some reason the tournament seems a bit flat this year. May be we have seen it all before and no compelling story has yet developed. I guess as the games progress a story line will become apparent to draw special attention.

    Additionally while FOX SPORTS must be happy I feel their presentation is drab and dull and at time even just full of nonsense. ESPN had set the standard for World Cup coverage in the U.S. and FOX needs to learn how to do it right.

  3. CTBlues

    June 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Is that 3.6 for just Hartford or Hartford/New Haven?

  4. CTBlues

    June 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Connecticut representin!

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