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U.S. victory over Brazil draws viewers to Women's World Cup

July 11, 2011 |  1:33 pm

The Americans' quarterfinal victory over Brazil on Sunday was the most-watched Women's World Cup game since 1999, when the U.S. hosted and won the tournament.

The game -- in which the U.S. made a dramatic comeback, then won on penalty kicks -- drew a 2.6 overnight rating for ESPN.

Ratings measure the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings take into account the nation's largest markets.

In other World Cup ratings news, FIFA announced Monday that 909.6 million people watched at least a minute each of the 2010 men's final on television. The number would probably top a billion if people who tuned in online or in a public place were added.

According to FIFA, the "in-home global audience" during the championship match averaged 530.9 million, and more than 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world's population, watched at least one minute of live coverage of the tournament.


Photos: U.S. vs. Brazil in Women's World Cup

An American tradition -- by giving its all until final seconds, U.S. stuns Brazil

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: The U.S. women's soccer team celebrates after its quarterfinal victory over Brazil. Credit: Thomas Peter / Reuters