The Jeff Ward Show
More than 26 million people watched the World Cup final in the U.S
An estimated 26.5 million U.S. viewers watched Germany defeat Argentina to win the World Cup on Sunday - making it the most-viewed soccer game in American history.
The tournament, which far exceeded expectations for interest across TV networks, had 17.3 million viewers on ABC and 9.2 million on the Spanish-language Univision, the Nielson company said.
In addition, just over 750,000 people were watching the game during a typical minute online through services provided by each network.
The month-long tournament was also responsible for more than three billion interactions on Facebook and 672 million messages on Twitter, the social media companies said on Monday.