Women's Triumph Was Most-Watched US Soccer Game Ever
More people watched World Cup win than World Series
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2015 4:15 AM CDT
Updated Jul 7, 2015 6:33 AM CDT
United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the US beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – The 5-2 demolition of Japan that made the US the first country to win the Women's World Cup three times was America's greatest soccer triumph in more ways than one: It was seen by a total of 26.7 million US viewers—25.4 million on Fox and 1.27 on Telemundo—making it the most-watched soccer game, men's or women's, in US history, ESPN reports. The audience topped that of the deciding game of this year's NBA finals and of Game 7 in last year's World Series, reports the New York Times, which notes that viewers didn't tune out early despite the US taking a 4-0 lead within 16 minutes. (On Twitter, some of the gloating got ugly.)