A record 25.4 million TV viewers in the United States watched the United States beatJapan5 to 2 in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a new high for any soccer match televised in the country, according to Nielsen ratings data.
Sunday's contest in Vancouver, Canada, was broadcast live by Fox Sports and was by far the most-watched TV broadcast of the night, Nielsen figures showed.
The number of viewers shattered the average 18.2 million audience that tuned in for the men's USA v.Portugalmatch on cable channel ESPN in the early rounds of the World Cup inBrazilin 2014.
Sunday's audience also crushed the 13.5 million who watched the American women take on, and lose against,Japanin the 2011 World Cup final.
The two-hour-long telecast handily beat entertainment shows such as "Big Brother" on rival CBS and "Celebrity Family Feud" on ABC.
Fox's post-match live discussion drew a whopping 14.6 million people, according to Nielsen.