RATINGS! 20 million watch England make World Cup semi-final

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A peak audience of 20 million viewers tuned in to watch England's World Cup triumph on Saturday afternoon.

England beat Sweden 2-0 in the Quarter Final match, making the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.


An average audience of 4.4 million tuned in from 2PM on BBC One for the build up, with an average of 15.8 million watching the match on TV.

Perhaps not too surprisingly, the numbers didn't quite match the peak of 24 million who saw England's first knockout game, which ended in a tense penalty shootout last week.

Of course, taking into account those watching in pubs and big screens across the country, the actual number of viewers will be much higher.

England will next play Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday night on ITV, hoping to make the final next Sunday.

Elsewhere yesterday, the last Quarter Final between Russia v Croatia was seen by average audience of 7.8 million viewers on ITV. The match ended 2-2 after Extra Time, with hosts Russia losing out on penalties. A peak audience of 13.7 million watched the result decided, with the winner facing England on Wednesday.

Away from the football, Wimbledon coverage averaged just under 4 million viewers on BBC One between 5:30PM and 8PM.

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