Fox Sports Draws 14.2 Million Viewers for USA-Netherlands Women’s World Cup Final

Fox Sports scored 14.27 million viewers across its TV and streaming services for its coverage of Sunday's USA-Netherlands FIFA Women's World Cup Soccer Final from France, making it the most watched English-language televised soccer match since the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, according to Nielsen. 

The game, in which the U.S. defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to repeat as Women's World Cup champions, was down from the 22 million viewers generated by the USA’s win against Japan in 2015 -- a record audience for an English-language soccer telecast -- but was up 22% over the 11.4 million viewers for the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup final, according to Nielsen.

The U.S.-Netherlands game was played at 11 a.m. ET compared to the 2015 USA-Japan game, which was played in primetime.

Overall, household ratings for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 were up 2% over full tournament ratings for 2015 and were up +11% over the full 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, according to Nielsen.

On Spanish-language network Telemundo, the game averaged a total audience delivery of 1.6 million viewers, up 22% from the 2015 final, according to the network. 

During the tournament, Fox's U.S.-France telecast was the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal ever, and its coverage of the USA’s win over Chile was the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage match ever, said Fox Sports. 

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