The final of the Women's Soccer World Cup easily outranked the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup.
The US women's soccer can count another victory amidst their busy week. While it is more important that they won the World Cup for a third time, it is also critical that more than 25 million people watched them do it! Sources have officially confirms that the WWC Final drew an astounding 15.2 overnight rating, which is actually more than most other sports get when they aren't watched live. This rating is likely more when you figure in the various gaming parties and online viewing.
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The number reflects that the amount of fans who watched the game have doubled since just four years ago - that is more than any other sport! That is particularly telling in a time when some people don't even watch games on something that counts the viewers!
According to TV By The Numbers, 20.3 million people watched the 2015 Women's World Cup final. And apparently, other sources are saying it was 25.4 million viewers: Up until last night, the three most-watched soccer events in U.S. television history were (in descending order) the U.S.-Portugal match during the 2014 World Cup (18.2 million), the 1999 Women's World Cup final (17.9 million), and the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina (~17.3 million). This year's final easily ascended to the top of that list.
When compared to other big finals like the Stanley Cup and the NBA finals, the overnight numbers are simply astonishing. A lot of these numbers were helped by things like social media, which was bursting to the gills during the game. The numbers mark not only a turn for women's sports, which often receive less attention than male sports, but also marks a turn for soccer in the United States - one of the only countries that doesn't pay attention to it.
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Not only that, but sources also say that sales off jersey's, especially Lloyd's, are flying and we are likely to see a rerelease of special, limited edition jerseys.