Over a half a million Australians tuned in to watch the Matildas first match at the 2019 Women's World Cup on Sunday night.
According to TV ratings released on Monday, 570,000 people watched the match on SBS with thousands more streaming the match via Optus Sport.
The figure made the Matildas clash the most popular sports program on Sunday night as it edged out both the Cricket World Cup and NRL.
Sunday Sport Ratings— TV Blackbox (@TV_Blackbox) June 9, 2019
Women’s World Cup on @SBS 570k (421k metro).
Cricket World Cup on 9Gem 444k (304k metro).
Sunday Arvo NRL on @Channel9 443k (263k metro) *figure does not include 9Gem. pic.twitter.com/fDNm3Ve3Kc
The Matildas were helped by a relatively friendly kick-off time of 9pm (AEST) and will likely struggle to pull in the such strong numbers for their next two group matches.
Australia's next game takes place on Friday morning against Brazil with the action getting underway at 2am (AEST).
While the green and gold will play their final group game on June 19 against Jamaica with a kick-off time of 5am (AEST).
Though the Matildas may have peaked in terms of viewership, their initial return of 570,000 viewers is significantly more than the 406,000 that tuned in to this season's A-League grand final.