U.S.-Brazil ratings best since '99

Updated: July 12, 2011, 1:59 AM ET
Associated Press

The United States' wild quarterfinal win over Brazil earned the highest preliminary television rating for a Women's World Cup game since the 1999 tournament in the United States.

The U.S. victory on penalty kicks Sunday drew a 2.6 overnight rating. ESPN said Monday that was the best on any network since the 1999 World Cup captivated American fans, and the second-highest ever for a game on ESPN.

Ratings measure the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnights represent the nation's largest markets.

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