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Women’s World Cup final draws record audience for Fox

The United States’ 5-2 win over Japan to capture its third Women’s World Cup title drew 25.4 million viewers to Fox on Sunday night, according to Nielsen. That makes it the most-watched football game in US history, surpassing the previous record set during last summer’s men’s World Cup.

Viewership was up 89 per cent from the final in 2011, which also featured the US and Japan. This year’s US-Argentina group stage match drew 18.2 million, and the US semi-final victory over Germany Tuesday drew 8.4 million, by comparison.

The previous mark for a women’s game was set during the 1999 final between the US and China (17.3 million). That was also the last time the US won the World Cup.

On Telemundo, the Spanish-language broadcast drew 1.27 million viewers, nearly double the 2011 final, which aired on Univision.

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