Women's World Cup Finals Sets Ratings Records for ESPN
UPDATED: The match, which saw Japan defeat the U.S. on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 tie, is the most-watched soccer telecast ever on any ESPN network.
Sunday's FIFA Women's World Cup Final between the United States and Japan gave ESPN its best ratings ever for a soccer match.
The game, which Japan won on a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 tie, was watched by an average of 13.5 million viewers, based on a 7.4 U.S. household rating. That makes it the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast ever on any ESPN network.
The match far surpassed the U.S.-Algeria men’s game (June 23, 2010) from last summer’s FIFA World Cup, which set the previous ESPN records for both ratings and viewership (6.2 million, 4.0 rating).
It also is the second most-watched daytime telecast in cable history, behind ESPN coverage of this year's Rose Bowl (20.1 million).
Additionally, the game was seen by 548,000 viewers on ESPN3.com.
Meanwhile, the final also set a new Twitter record for the most tweets per second about any one topic.
"New Tweets per second records! End of the #WWC final: 7196 TPS. And today's end to the Paraguay/Brazil game is now 2nd with 7166 TPS," Twitter announced Sunday.