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ABBY WAMBACH'S FINALE SETS FS1 VIEWERSHIP RECORDS
More Than 700,000 Viewers Watch U.S. Women's National Team vs. China; Audience Peaked At Nearly 900,000
Soccer legend Abby Wambach, the world's all-time leading goal-scorer, took the field for the last time in her illustrious career on Wednesday night, and despite the U.S. Women's National Team 1-0 loss to China, the match on FS1 attracted 709,000 viewers, making it the most-watched non-World Cup USWNT match in network history.
The final Women's World Cup victory tour match in New Orleans also delivered 308,000 viewers among the Adults 18-49 demographic, setting the record for most-watched non-World Cup USWNT match in that metric as well. The match peaked at 882,000 viewers from 10:15-10:30 PM ET.
A special one-hour pregame show preceded the international friendly and drew 235,000 viewers, as Rob Stone hosted alongside retired USWNT midfielder Leslie Osborne, England's record goal-scorer Kelly Smith and former Canadian Women's National Team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. Play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, analyst Cat Whitehill and reporter Jenny Taft called the momentous occasion from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, while retired USWNT defender Heather Mitts, longtime teammate of Wambach at both the University of Florida and the national team, also contributed to pregame and game commentary on-site in New Orleans.