Fox’s coverage of Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup championship soccer match between USA and Japan averaged 25.4 million total viewers (per finals), making it the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, trouncing the previous high of 18.2 mil (set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match).
The match-up hit its peak between 8:30 and 8:45 pm, when it had 30.1 million viewers.
The USA’s big win bested the prior high for a women’s soccer match — the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, which drew 18 mil — by 41 percent, and beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (also USA vs. Japan) by 89 percent.
ABC | Celebrity Family Feud (6.9 mil/1.5) fell 17 and 21 percent, while BattleBots (4.3 mil/1.2) slipped 10 and 14 percent.
CBS | Big Brother (5.1 mil/1.6) dipped 9 and 11 percent.
NBC | Coverage of the “NASCAR Coke Zero 400” (Did I get the name right this time?) averaged 3.6 mil and a 0.8 from 7 to 11 pm.