Sunday Ratings: Team USA's Women's World Cup triumph scores big for FOX
The US Women's National Team scored a decisive World Cup Final victory over Japan and also draw huge numbers to FOX on Sunday night.
An obligatory reminder that these numbers reflect time period data and NOT the ratings for the soccer game itself, since the Final started in early primetime on the right side of the country, but only hit West Coast primetime in its second half.
Let's get to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.3 rating for Sunday night, dominating the key demographic. ABC's 1.0 key demo rating, CBS' 0.9 key demo rating and the 0.8 key demo rating for NBC followed.
Overall, FOX averaged 16.75 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/16 share for Sunday primetime. CBS was a distant second with 4.55 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed closely by ABC's 2.8/5 and 4.44 million viewers. NBC averaged 3.62 million viewers and a 2.3/4.
7 p.m. - FOX's 7 p.m. hour World Cup coverage averaged 18.34 million viewers and a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49, far ahead of the 6.5 million viewers and 0.7 key demo rating for CBS' "60 Minutes." NBC's NASCAR coverage averaged 3.8 million viewers, topping the 3.64 million viewers for ABC's repeat of "Celebrity Family Feud," while both networks also averaged a 0.7 key demo rating.
8 p.m. - USA-Japan soccer coverage rose to 22.36 million viewers and a 7.0 rating among adults 18-49 for FOX in the 8 p.m. hour. ABC's new "Celebrity Family Feud" averaged 6.94 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, compared to the 5.06 million viewers and 1.6 key demo rating for CBS' "Big Brother." NBC's NASCAR coverage averaged 3.185 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - The 9 p.m. hour of soccer and post-game coverage averaged 9.56 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 for FOX. ABC's "Battlebots" dropped big from its lead-in, but still averaged 4.25 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating in second. NBC's NASCAR coverage averaged 3.695 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, edging out the 3.67 million viewers and 0.6 key demo rating for CBS' "Zoo" pilot encore.
10 p.m. - NBC's racing won a slow 10 p.m. hour with 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. CBS' "Extant" encore averaged 2.975 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating, followed closely by the 2.95 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for ABC's "Castle" repeat.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.