23 June 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The premiere of TNT's "The Last Ship" outdrew ABC's "Rising Star" launch on Sunday (June 22) night, but all other programming was overshadowed by the record-setting numbers for USA-Portugal soccer. Yes, America. We love battleships and soccer simultaneously now. Sunday afternoon's round robin game between the United States and Portugal averaged 18.22 million viewers on Espn, making it the most-watched soccer match in domestic history. Your previous recordholder? The 1999 Women's World Cup finale between the USA and China, which drew nearly 18 million viewers. The back-and-forth thriller, which saw Team USA fall behind early, storm back in the second half to take a 2-1 lead and then slip into a tie on the last play in stoppage time, peaked with nearly 23 million viewers between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Et. In addition to the Espn windfall, the USA/Portugal game drew 6.5 million viewers on Univision, the most watched Team USA game to date. Team »


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