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Women's World Cup sets US TV ratings record

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday as the US national team won its record third World Cup by beating Japan 5-2 in the final in Vancouver. FC Bayern's women's team had 11 players participate across six different teams in the competition with six making it all the way to the semi-finals. As the dust settles on a memorable tournament, the US TV ratings further indicate the progress and development of soccer in the United States.

The final between the U.S. and Japan averaged 25.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history on a single network according to Fox. It surpassed the previous 17.9 million from Women's World Cup final of 1999 as well as the U.S.'s latest record, set by the men's team during their World Cup game last year against Portugal (24.7 million combined with spanish broadcast by Univision).

The viewership peaked at 30.9 million. For context, the Germany vs Argentina World Cup final last year had a viewership of 26.5 million. The English-language audience for the Women's World Cup final also beat that of the NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup finals and MLB World Series, a sure sign that interest in the sport has grown exponentially in the last 12 months and is continuing to attract new fans.