RATING! 24 million viewers watch England make World Cup Quarter Final

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

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A peak audience of more than 24 million viewers tuned in to watch England’s FIFA World Cup game last night.

The knockout match against Colombia ended with a dramatic penalty shoot-out that ultimately saw England through to the Quarter Finals.


An average audience of 16.5 million watched the match, with a peak audience of 24.4 million as England won on penalties.

Not too surprisingly, it makes it the most watched TV programme of the year so far – and ITV’s biggest peak audience since the 1990s.

Earlier in the day on BBC One, the afternoon match between Sweden v Switzerland saw an average audience of 3.1 million. After, coverage of Wimbledon 2018 had 1.7 million.

England will now face Sweden in the Quarter Final game this Saturday from 3PM on BBC One.

Elsewhere in last night’s ratings and against the football on ITV, BBC One’s schedule of repeats – Planet Earth, DIY SOS and Death In Paradise – all averaged less than 1.2 million viewers between 7PM and 10PM.

The football’s figures gifted the ITV news a rare win over the BBC, with 3.9 million viewers to 3.3 million.


Across on ITV2, Love Island averaged 2.6 million viewers out-of-slot from 10PM. The show, which was delayed because of the football, was down 800,000 viewers on Monday night’s series high.

Love Island, which peaked at 3.1 million viewers, will be back at 9PM as usual tonight.

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