(CBS) – The United States’ win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final was the most viewed soccer game in the history of American television.
The 5-2 victory Sunday gave the Americans a record third title.
The game was seen by 26.7 million viewers. Fox said Monday its English-language coverage was seen by an average of 25.4 million and NBC’s Telemundo said its telecast averaged 1.27 million. That’s a big number for any sporting event. Here’s a list of recent big games that couldn’t hit that number:
Game 6 Of The NBA Finals
A lot more people where watching Sunday than tuned in when the Warriors clinched their first NBA title in 40 years. According to Yahoo, Game 6 had 23.3 million glued to the TV. And that number was hailed as the highest mark since Michael Jordan was still putting on rings.
NHL Finals Game 6
The Blackhawks drew big, big crowds to televisions in the Chicagoland area. But at a 8.16 national viewers, per SB Nation, the Stanley Cup chase couldn’t compete with Canada’s latest sports export.
The PGA says a whopping 14 million watched Jordan Spieth crush the field at Augusta. A huge year, but not even on the green compared to the 26 million plus watching Sunday’s game.
World Series Game 7
For those of us in the Bay Area, it’s hard to imagine anything matching the excitment of a do-or-die World Series game vicory. But nationally, Carli Lloyd and company outdrew the third Giants crown with 23.5 million watching that one, per Forbes.
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Men’s World Cup Final
Some 26.5 million watched when Germany beat Argentina in last year’s men’s World Cup final. At the time it was a new record for soccer viewership in the U.S.