World Cup finale audience: 15.5 million in U.S. and even more elsewhere

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ABC drew 15.5 million viewers for Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Viewership for the 64-match World Cup increased 41% compared to the quadrennial event's last time out, in 2006, according to ESPN research.

Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0, in extra time. More than 15 million people in Spain — which has about 15% the population of the U.S. — watched the game on TV, according to Steve Clarke of Variety, who has compiled details from various parts of Europe. The Spanish broadcast had an 86 share in the game's final minutes and a 91 just before the winning goal scored, a record for any telecast in Spain. Similar share numbers were achieved from the more than 8 million Dutch viewers.

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