Fox Sports has seen great numbers for the Women’s World Cup this year and that continued with the USA-Germany semifinal.  The USWNT’s 2-0 victory over the Germans scored a 6.1 overnight rating according to John Ourand.  It’s the highest rated game of the tournament thus far and the highest rating ever for a soccer game on Fox.

To put that number in further perspective, the USA-China quarterfinal game received a 5.1 rating.  More than that though?  It beats the overnight rating of at least a couple big sporting events in the four major American pro sports:

We’ll update with more once final viewership numbers come in.  Rest assured that A) they will be enormous, B) with the USA in the Final it will ensure that game is one of the most watched soccer games ever in this country, C) hopefully some people are finally convinced that they can move away from their tiresome “nobody cares about women’s sports talking points.”

UPDATE: The final numbers are in: 8.4 million viewers.  Further context from Fox Sports:

–       The match’s 8.4 million viewers breaks the recent mark set June 26 for the USA-China quarterfinal match (5.7 million) by 47%.

–       The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000), dropping USA-China 2015 quarterfinal to fourth, followed by USA-Nigeria 2015 Group Stage (5.0 million, fifth place), Brazil-USA 1999 Women’s World Cup Semifinal (4.9 million, sixth), USA-Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (4.5 million, seventh).

–       The audience for USA-China on FOX (8.4 million) is +147% better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match in 2011 vs. France on ESPN (3.4 million). 

–       USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).

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