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USWNT draws best men's or women's World Cup semifinal audience

USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe, left, and USA defender

USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe, left, and USA defender Julie Johnston celebrate after winning a semifinal match over Germany during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015. Credit: Getty Images / Franck Fife

The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television.

The 2-0 victory by the second-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 Germans on Tuesday night averaged 8.4 million viewers on Fox. The network said Wednesday the previous high was 5.9 million for the 2006 men's semifinal between Germany and Italy.

The audience was up 47 percent from the 5.7 million for the Americans' quarterfinal against China on Friday night. And it was more than double the 3.4 million for the Americans' semifinal in 2011, which was played during the day in the U.S. with the tournament in Germany.

Sunday's final is also in prime time, giving it a chance to surpass the record of nearly 18 million viewers for the 1999 Women's World Cup final that was played in the U.S.

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