US Women’s World Cup opener sets viewership record

In this May 30, 2015, file photo, a spectator watches warm-ups before an international friendly soccer match between South Korea and the United States in Harrison, N.J. In broadcasting the Women's World Cup, Fox executives are thrilled for the chance to potentially see the favored U.S. team make a run to the title. But what can really draw in viewers is the realization that the Americans could lose. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
In this May 30, 2015, file photo, a spectator watches warm-ups before an international friendly soccer match between South Korea and the United States in Harrison, N.J. In broadcasting the Women's World Cup, Fox executives are thrilled for the chance to potentially see the favored U.S. team make a run to the title. But what can really draw in viewers is the realization that the Americans could lose. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. opener has drawn the largest television audience on record for a Women’s World Cup group stage game.

The Americans’ 3-1 win over Australia on Monday night averaged more than 3.3 million viewers on Fox Sports 1. The previous high was nearly 2.5 million in 1999 for the tournament in the U.S.

Nielsen doesn’t have data on the 1991 Women’s Women Cup.

Fox said Tuesday the audience was more than triple the almost 1.1 million for the 2011 U.S. opener. That game started just before noon in the Eastern time zone with the tournament in Germany, while Monday’s match from Winnipeg was in prime time.

The Stanley Cup Final Game 3, which started a half-hour later, averaged nearly 3.9 million viewers.

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