US-Ger­many draws best men's or women's World Cup semi­fi­nal TV au­di­ence

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK (AP) - The United States' win over Ger­many is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semi­fi­nal ever on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion. The 2-0 vic­tory by the sec­ond-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 Ger­mans on Tues­day night av­er­aged 8.4 mil­lion view­ers on Fox. The net­work said Wed­nes­day the pre­vi­ous high was 5.9 mil­lion for the 2006 men's semi­fi­nal be­tween Ger­many and Italy. The au­di­ence was up 47 per cent from the 5.7 mil­lion for the Amer­i­cans' quar­ter­fi­nal against China on Fri­day night. And it was more than dou­ble the 3.4 mil­lion for the Amer­i­cans' semi­fi­nal in 2011, which was played dur­ing the day in the U.S. with the tour­na­ment in Ger­many. Sun­day's fi­nal is also in prime time, giv­ing it a chance to sur­pass the record of nearly 18 mil­lion view­ers for the 1999 Women's World Cup fi­nal that was played in the U.S.

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