Tuesday's Women's World Cup semifinal between the United States and Germany set an American television ratings record, Fox announced Wednesday.
The game's average audience was 8.4 million viewers, the largest for a men's or women's World Cup semifinal and the third-largest ever for women's soccer match of any variety. Only the 1999 and 2011 Women's World Cup final drew more viewers for a women's match.
Tuesday's game drew 2.5 million more viewers than the Germany-Italy Men's World Cup semifinal in 2006, previously the most-viewed semifinal match.
Between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. ET, the game's audience peaked at 12.1 million viewers.
The USWNT defeated Germany 2–0 on goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara, and advanced to the final where it will take on the winner of Wednesday's England-Japan semifinal.
- Dan Gartland