FOX Draws Over 16 MILLION Viewers For USA’s 3-1 Defeat To The Netherlands As The USMNT Draws Another Mass Audience Despite Crashing The Tournament In Qatar
More than 16 million Americans tuned in to the pinnacle of FOX’s World Cup coverage to watch the US round of 16 loss to the Netherlands in Qatar on Saturday morning.
FOX Soccer, the American World Cup broadcaster, released their figures on Sunday evening and revealed that the largest audience came during the second half when 16.368 million fans watched the game.
The broadcaster said it was a 163 percent increase over the last 16 average viewing figures it had for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, for which the US failed to qualify.
The US World Cup run came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands
There was a peak of 16 million fans watching the USA team in action at home in America
USA lost 3-1 to the Netherlands to exit the tournament after coming out of Group B along with England.
But overall, FOX recorded good ratings for US games throughout the tournament – suggesting the US team enjoys more support ahead of co-hosting the 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada.
There were 15.6 million fans who watched last Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Iran to take the US team to the knockouts, and 15.4 million watched the 0-0 against England, the US’s second game.
The healthy numbers are encouraging as the US turns its attention to a new cycle and a run-up to the 2026 World Cup.
But on Saturday, the 2022 run ended with the Netherlands recording an authoritative 3-1 win.
Memphis Depay put the Netherlands ahead after just 10 minutes with a brutal finish and Daley Blind doubled the score just before half-time.
An accidental effort from Haji Wright made it 2-1 and gave the US hope of fighting back, but it took five minutes as Denzel Dumfries secured the game for the Netherlands.