USA’s World Cup opener against Australia sets viewership record


The United States women’s national team opener has drawn the largest television audience on record for a Women’s World Cup group stage game.

The Americans’ 3-1 win over Australia on Monday night averaged more than 3.3 million viewers on FOX Sports 1. The previous high was nearly 2.5 million in 1999 for the tournament in the U.S.

Nielsen doesn’t have data on the 1991 Women’s Women Cup.

FOX said Tuesday the audience was more than triple the almost 1.1 million for the 2011 U.S. opener. That game started just before noon in the Eastern time zone with the tournament in Germany, while Monday’s match from Winnipeg was in prime time.

The Stanley Cup Final Game 3, which started a half-hour later, averaged nearly 3.9 million viewers.