FOX – Record 8.4 Million Watch USA Defeat Germany and Advance to FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Final
Earlier in the week, I’d said that the USA v Germany Women’s World Cup Semi Final could break viewing records. It did for games outside of the finals USA participated in back in 1999, and 2011 and as I’d predicted it puts them on course for revenge against Japan on Sunday, July 5. Independence holiday weekend. Surely the final must beat the 13.5 million for the 2011 final, might struggle against the 1999 18 million viewers but if the USA ladies get off to a positive start then then who knows? With no real competition on Sunday anythings possible.
The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000), dropping USA-China 2015 quarterfinal to fourth, followed by USA-Nigeria 2015 Group Stage (5.0 million, fifth place), Brazil-USA 1999 Women’s World Cup Semifinal (4.9 million, sixth), USA-Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (4.5 million, seventh).
– 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).
USA-Germany is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of AMERICAN IDOL.
– The match provided FOX broadcast network its highest-rated program among Adults 18-49 (3.0) since the season finale of EMPIRE on 3/18/15.