FOX Sports break USA soccer ratings records with a 10% rise in viewers across the World Cup group stage – and 15.6MILLION fans tuning in on Tuesday afternoon to watch dramatic 1-0 win against Iran to reach last-16
The USA love affair with the world game has continued with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar now the most-watched USMNT group stage ever.
FOX Sports, the nation’s broadcaster for the month-long tournament, has set records throughout the tournament, with 15,608,000 watching the tense final moments of the 1-0 win over Iran.
That value was the peak for the broadcast, with just over 12million the figure given for the totality USA vs. Iran telecast on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2pm ET kickoff was the most streamed World Cup match in the history of FOX Sports’ coverage, with 959,004 tuning in.
Comparatively to the US’ last appearance at the tournament, viewing figures have increased by 10%.
At its peak, over 15million people tuned in to watch the USA progress to the Round of 16
Then, it was an average of 10.6m compared to the 11.7m during this year’s winter World Cup.
It is not merely the USA team which is catching the eye of viewers in the States, with signs of the sport’s growth evident in a 44% rise from the Russia 2018 figures.
Similarly, there were 15.4million viewers in the US for the game, the most watched men’s soccer match on English-language US television.
Soccer fever has hit the United States just a week and a half into the prestigious competition
The figure was 6% above the 14.51 million for Brazil´s penalty-kicks win over Italy in the 1994 final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, viewed by 14.5m on ABC.
With the US repeating their 2014 feat of progressing to the Round of 16, more records are ready to be broken this Saturday.
Netherlands await Gregg Berhalter’s side in a 10am ET kickoff. Optimism reigns with the Stars and Stripes favored to produce a competitive performance, if not, cause an upset.
There were 15.4m viewers in America as the United States tied 0-0 with England at the WC