Yesterday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal, which saw the U.S. team emerge with a hard-fought victory over England, was a ratings score for Fox.
The game was watched by just over 7 million total viewers, making it the most watched soccer match on U.S. TV since the 2018 World Cup final. Yesterday’s game also posted a 5.5 household rating in overnight metered markets, meaning it was the highest rated match of the tournament so far. For comparison, Friday’s quarter final against the host nation France posted a a 4.9 and ended up with 6.12 million total viewers.
While the early ratings for Tuesday’s semifinal were significantly up on the same measurement from the 2015 semi against Germany, Tuesday’s tense affair was unable to overtake it in viewership, as that Germany game was watched by 8.4 million viewers. Tuesday’s match was only just down on the 2015 final against Japan, which turned out to be the most watched soccer match in U.S. history with 25.4 million total viewers. However, it’s worth noting that both 2015 games aired in primetime due to the tournament being held in Canada. It will be interesting to see if Sunday’s final, in which the U.S. will face either Sweden or the Netherlands, will be able to match or even top that figure.
The U.S. women’s national team made it through yesterday’s game, but only just, thanks to a powerful header from forward Alex Morgan. Her tea-sipping celebration has divided opinion amongst soccer fans and on social media. The score was 2-1, but it all could have been so different, as England had a goal controversially ruled out by VAR for offside, and then proceeded to miss a penalty kick later in the second half.
This tournament has been setting ratings records not only in the U.S., but also around the world. For instance in the U.K., the semifinal in Lyon garnered 11.7 million viewers and a 50.8% share of viewing, meaning it achieved the highest peak audience of 2019.