World Cup 2014 Finals sets TV viewership records in the U.S.

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

NY, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup Finals, is now the most watched soccer game in American history.

The recently concluded World Cup drew 17.3 million television viewers and 657,000 online viewers from ABC’s English-language broadcast.

While the Spanish-language broadcast from Univision had 9.2 million viewers on TV and 99,000 viewers online.

According to the Nielsen company, the game amassed a total of 26.5 million viewers in the U.S.

But according to, even though the game set new records for each network, neither of the two saw a new overall viewership record.

The 1999 Women’s World Cup final broadcast of ABC still remains as the most-watched game for the network.

While for Univision, it is the the Mexico-Netherlands contest in this year’s Round of 16.

The extra-minute game that was won by Germany is not the most watched English-language broadcast after having 17.981 million viewers on ABC and online.

Holding the record is the 2-2 draw between the United States and Portugal in the group stage which had 18.710 million viewers on ESPN and online.

Scott Guglielmino of ESPN said the numbers aren’t surprising.

Univision sports president Juan Carlos Rodriguez believes that everyhting fell perfectly into its proper place.

“We all knew that everything was in place to be well-delivered to the audience and we needed a good performance by the teams, and that happened,” Rodriguez stated.

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