Sunday’s World Cup final was the most watched soccer game in U.S. history

SOCCER: JUN 26 FIFA Women's World Cup - Quarter-Final - China v USA
June 26, 2015: Alex Morgan (#13) of USA during the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Quarter-Final match between China and the USA at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. USA booked their place in the semi-final against Germany with a hard fought 1-0 win. (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Photograph By Steven Kingsman — AP

As if the seemingly nationwide chants of “USA! USA!” weren’t enough, it turns out that Sunday’s final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was the most watched soccer game — played by women or men — in U.S. history.

Around 25.4 million people watched the game on Fox, according to the New York Times, to go along with nearly 1.3 million people watching the Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo.

One important thing to consider is that not only did people tune in, they also kept watching the game even after the United States put the rout on Japan, going up 4-0 early in the first half. Non-close games often cause people to tune out, but the Times notes that the thrill of watching an American victory and of seeing Abby Wambach — the U.S. star who was playing in her last game and came on as a substitute late in the second half — likely caused more people to keep watching than normal.

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