The U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup match against England on Black Friday was the most-watched game on U.S. English language television, FOX announced late Saturday night.

The Group B contest attracted 15,377,000 viewers, topping the previous mark set at the 1994 World Cup final (14,510,000), which pit Brazil and Italy.

The TV audience also rose 11 percent from the second USA group stage match between the USA and Portugal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (13,774,000)

The Friday afternoon audience peaked at 19,646 viewers between 3:3–3:45 p.m. ET

The five top markets were Kansas City (8.5/26), Hartford (8.3/27), Boston (8.0/25), Dallas (8.0/28) and Washington, D.C. (7.9/28).

Sources for this information included Nielsen Media Research and Adobe Analytics.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at