Spain’s battle with England this Sunday was the most-watched Women’s World Cup final in the U.S. that did not include the U.S., based on broadcaster reports.
The combined Fox and Telemundo audience peaked at over 2 million – a significant increase from the 1.2 million who witnessed Germany’s victory over Sweden in 2003, the previous record-holder – but is still nowhere near the last three finals which did include the U.S., each of which saw over 13 million viewers.
This record-breaking viewership happened despite early departure for the U.S. team and a 6 a.m. EST start time for the final game.
The four matches the U.S. team participated in before their exit averaged over 3 million viewers on Fox, with the July 26 draw with the Netherlands being the most-watched U.S. match in Women’s World Cup history at 6,429,000 average viewers.
Globally, the finale was also a record-breaker at a viewership of 2 billion – over the 1B global viewers in 2019. The figure included 5.6 million in Spain, 14.4 million in the UK, and 5.5 million in host country Australia.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Baker | AP)