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Record: The Women's World Cup Final Draws Bigger Audience Than 2018's Men's World Cup Final

Bigger than the actual triumph...


Years and years have passed by and it has taken a rather long time for women to actually achieve a status of equality in all forms with men, especially sports. Not that it has actually been achieved even today but it certainly seems to be getting better.

One would imagine the rage a World Cup brings in, and even more when it is that of two of the most popular form os sports - football and cricket. The Men's Football World Cup has always been a talking point as known and has drawn immense viewership constantly along with the several discussion points too. However, when it comes to the Women's World Cup, it has taken a while indeed for people to raise interest at the very least.

But things have now only gotten better as latest reports suggest that the recently concluded Women's World Cup 2019 raked in more viewership than the Men's World Cup 2018. According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, the United States' 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, its second straight title and fourth overall, drew a 10.0 household rating in overnight metered markets on Fox. That's up about 20 percent from the 2018 men's final between France and Croatia, which drew an 8.3 in the preliminary ratings on the way to 12.5 million viewers in the finals. (Fans chanted "Equal pay!" as the U.S. women's team accepted its trophy.)

The 2019 final should end up no lower than fourth all-time for Women's World Cup games, behind the 2015 final and the final matches of 1999 (18 million) and 2011 (13.5 million).

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