The final between the United States and Japan which was won by Japan in penalty kicks after an emotional 120 minutes gave ESPN a stellar overnight rating. The numbers will definitely hold and it will become the 2nd most watched Women’s World Cup, just below the 1999 Final between the USA and China which garnered an 11.4 rating on ABC.
The overnight rating beat out the MLB All-Star Game which got a 6.3 rating earlier this month. That shows you how the country got behind the US Women’s Soccer team.
With Sunday’s Final on ESPN, the overnight rating turned out to be very good. ESPN PR maven Bill Hofheimer tweeted the overnights this morning.
That’s a very good rating. And the top five cities for overnights included:
Top 5 markets for ESPN telecast of #WWC2011 Final: BAL (12.3); SD (11.8); West Palm Bch (11.7); DC (11.5); and Norfolk (11.1).
And the overnight gives ESPN another reason to crow.
Yesterday’s @ussoccer_wnt match is best overnight rtg for WC gm (men or women) in ESPN history & best overnight for WWC since ’99 Final.
Sunday was a big day for ESPN airing the Open Championship starting in the morning to the Women’s World Cup Final in the afternoon, finishing off with the marathon Red Sox-Rays game on Sunday Night Baseball. I wonder what the rating for the entire day was.