USA vs. Sweden breaks record with 4.5+ million viewers

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USA vs. Sweden breaks record with 4.5+ million viewers

Even though the match wasn’t the most exciting of all 0-0 draws, it did break records as far as viewers, and that is not only good news for Fox but al

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Even though the match wasn’t the most exciting of all 0-0 draws, it did break records as far as viewers, and that is not only good news for Fox but also for all female soccer players. This extra attention is always welcomed and sometimes even needed in the world of women’s soccer.

This 4.5 M number actually surpassed the viewers of the U.S. vs Australia game that also broke record for the most-watched women’s world cup group stage match. From a comparison perspective, the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United drew only 2.6 million viewers, which brings the U.S. game to a 73% increase.

The U.S. vs. Sweden game peaked from 9:30 to 9:45 pm EST with 6.4 million viewers, being the 4th most-watched women’s soccer match ever, which is a 36% increase compared with the previous game that featured U.S. vs. Australia.

These numbers of viewers increasing year after year are proving that soccer is growing exponentially in the country and there is an appetite for more.

Because of the big number in viewership, Fox ranked first in the primetime for that night, surpassing ABC and CBS. The match attracted the attention from a variety of demographics, both male and female from different age groups during that night. The match gave Fox the best night in viewership since December with the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

As far as the top cities for U.S. games, they were ranked as: Washington D.C. (4.3), Richmond (4.0), and Saint Louis (4.0). The only California city in the top cities was Los Angeles, ranked 11th at 3.2.