Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final Breaks Broadcast Record, As Demonstrated By This Dog
U.S. TV viewers watched Sunday's Women's World Cup Final in record numbers on Sunday, and that applies to both humans and dogs. Some of us just could not be pried away from the screen.
Good news for Fox, whose broadcast of the USWNT's 5-2 win over Japan was the most-watched single-network soccer broadcast ever in the United States, with 26.7 million viewers, according to the network. The previous top-watched soccer game was the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at an estimated 26.5 million.
The Spanish-language broadcast of USA-Japan was on Telemundo—which announced this afternoon that an estimated 1.3 million people watched its coverage of the final, putting the estimated audience for the match at a total of 26.7 million. Thus it was, by a bald eagle's nose, the most-watched soccer competition ever broadcast in the United States, an event whose numbers are in the neighborhood of the largest-ever audiences for NBA and college basketball games. (Football remains the king of sports TV, and the World Series used to draw more than 50 million viewers.)
None of this takes into account viewers who were watching in sports bars, hotels or other public venues. But it does include dogs like Deuce, a 1 1/2-year-old Labrador from western Michigan, as reported by Fox-17 TV. No amount of pestering by the baby will distract the dog from women's soccer.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) July 1, 2015
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