15 million watch Japan beat U.S.
BERLIN — Some 15.3 million viewers watched Japan’s Women’s World Cup victory against the U.S. on Sunday, solidifying the tournament’s huge success among German TV auds.Pubcasters ARD and ZDF enjoyed massive ratings during the 22-day tournament, which was held in Germany. Sunday’s final in Frankfurt attracted the most viewers of any non- German match, achieving a 46.6% share for ARD. Displaying the same disciplined technique that destroyed the hopes of the German team, Japan, in its first soccer championship ever, beat the U.S. with a 3-1 win on penalty kicks following a drama-charged 2-2 draw. The four earlier German matches nevertheless attracted more viewers: between 15.4 and 17 million fans tuned to watch the home team games , numbers that have greatly raised the profile of women’s soccer across Germany in what has traditionally been a male dominated sport.