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8.4 million watch USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final

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FOX’s live coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup semi-final between the United States and Germany was viewed by 8.4 million million people watched the Tuesday night game. The match was shown live on the over-air FOX network from 7pm to 9pm ET, and is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of American Idol.

While an average of 8.4 million people watched the broadcast, it peaked at 12.1 million between 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET.

The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time. The numbers for USA-Germany beat FOX’s coverage of USA against China in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which was watched by an audience of 5.7 million.

The audience for USA-China on FOX (8.4 million) is +147% better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match in 2011 vs. France on ESPN (3.4 million).

USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).

SEE MOREFOX’s soccer coverage has improved but is still below bar set up NBC and ESPN.

Top ratings for USA vs. Germany:

1. Kansas City and St Louis, 9.3
3. Washington DC, 9.0
4. Austin, 7.8
5. Cincinnati and Columbus, 4.7

SEE MOREListen to our interview with Women’s World Cup lead commentator JP Dellacamera.

After defeating Germany, the US Women’s National Team plays this Sunday in the Women’s World Cup final against the winner of tonight’s semi-final between Japan and England.

The question for FOX now is whether this Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final can set a US record for the most-watched women’s soccer game ever. The current record stands at 17,975,000 that watched the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final when the US beat China on penalty kicks, which was televised live on ABC.

 

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Rick

    July 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

    It’s time for a 24 hour all soccer channel like the NFL, NBA or Baseball channels. The viewers are there- wake up ESPN.

    • David

      July 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I would love to have a 24 hour full time soccer channel, but we’ve already had one. Fox Soccer Channel. I don’t think ESPN has the rights to enough content for a full time soccer channel. I wish they did. Would be nice to have matches, more soccer shows, more 30 for 30 soccer stories, etc on an ESPN Soccer channel.

  2. Marcus Antonius

    July 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    For the match-only portion of the WWC US-Germany game, Fox
    averaged 9.6 million viewers. So the numbers are actually higher.

  3. Tim

    July 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    “USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million)”
    Not correct. Last summer’s Brazil/Germany semifinal had over 12 million viewers combined on ESPN/Univision.

    • Christopher Harris

      July 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      ESPN had 6.6 million viewers for the Brazil-Germany semi-final. You can’t combine the ESPN/Univision number into one and then compare it to the FOX number for the English-language broadcast.

      • Tim

        July 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        You should correct the article then to state it was the “most-viewed English-language semifinal match”. Without that caveat the statement in the article is incorrect.

        • Christopher Harris

          July 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm

          5.8 million watched the game on Univision. Neither the Univision nor ESPN broadcast had more viewers. If you combined them, then yes.

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