Sunday, December 28, 2014

U.S. women score win for soccer on ESPN

Turns out Americans will watch soccer on television.

U.S. women score win for soccer on ESPN

Turns out Americans will watch soccer on television.

Sunday’s World Cup match between the U.S. women and Japan averaged nearly 13.5 million viewers, reports ESPN, which said it was the network’s highest-rated and most-watched soccer telecast ever, the sixth most-watched soccer telecast in the U.S. and the second most-watched daytime program in cable history (behind this year's Rose Bowl).

The game, which Japan won on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 2-2 in overtime, also set a record for a women’s sporting event on ESPN3.com.

The previous record for soccer on ESPN, by the way, was set last summer, when an average of 6 million viewers watched the USA-Algeria men's match during the FIFA World Cup.

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