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NOV
30
3 YEARS

World Cup Final: Most-watched soccer game ever!


Cup-2Wow: The World Cup Final shattered U.S. ratings records on Sunday, drawing  24.3 million U.S. viewers.

Domestically, that makes it the most-watched soccer game of all time, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

The 1-0 victory by Spain, televised by ABC and Univision, surpasses the 19.4 million viewers that tuned in for the U.S. vs. Ghana match earlier in this World Cup.

The top 10 metered markets for Sunday’s telecast on ABC: San Francisco (14.7), San Diego (13.6), New York (13.1), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (12.0), Washington, D.C. (11.9), Los Angeles (11.3), Austin, Texas (10.4), Seattle-Tacoma (10.0), Cincinnati (9.5), and Boston (9.1).

"The 2010 FIFA World Cup was an overwhelming success," added John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president, content. "We experienced record viewership across multiple platforms, including television, broadband, online and ESPN Audio, and it was evident from the overwhelmingly positive reaction just how much fans were drawn to the spectacle of this global sports event. We are already looking ahead with great anticipation to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil."

According to FIFA, an estimated 700 million watched the game worldwide, though that seems rather high. More on the international ratings here.

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