England’s 6-1 victory over Panama at the World Cup finals attracted a larger television viewership share than last month’s Royal Wedding.
The BBC said 14.1 million people watched the match on its main terrestrial BBC One channel — a UK audience share of 82.9 percent -– with 2.8 million live stream requests on its online platforms.
For comparison, the Three Lions’ victory over Wales at Euro 2016 achieved 73% in the UK and 79% in Wales.
Although the England game attracted 14.1m viewers and a further 2.8m on-demand requests, it did not topple the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony’s peak share of 89%.
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BBC chiefs said the average match audience was 12.8m. It was 16.6m for England’s opening match of the World Cup, the 2-1 win against Tunisia.
The royal wedding on May 19 had an average audience of 11.5 million.
The figures do not include the audience for the build-up and post-match coverage, and do not take into account those watching in pubs or on giant public screens.