15 Regular Season NFL Games Watched by More Americans Than the World Cup Final

The 2014 FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina drew an audience of 26.5 million for ABC and Univision combined on Sunday, a new high for soccer in this country. ABC drew an average audience of 17.3 million according to the network, making it the second most-watched game of the tournament for ESPN/ABC, behind the U.S. team’s stage match with Portugal. Univision says it averaged 9.2 million viewers—just behind the Spanish-language U.S. telecast record of 10.4 million set by the Mexico vs. Netherlands match. It’s a strong, yet bittersweet, finish for the two networks, which lost out in the bidding to carry the next two World Cups.

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