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World Cup final sets U.S. viewership record

With an estimated 26.5 million viewers, Sunday’s World Cup final stands as the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history. The Nielsen company said Monday that 17.3 million people watched Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on ABC. An additional 9.2 million tuned in to the game on the Spanish-language Univision network. That tops the 24.7 million who watched the U.S.-Portugal match earlier in the tournament, and the same number of people who saw the 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain. Both networks were up significantly throughout the tournament from four years ago. – Associated Press

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