FIFA World Cup 2018: England’s opening game gets more TV viewership than royal wedding
A peak audience of 18.3 million in Britain watched England’s FIFA World Cup 2018 game vs. Tunisia on Monday - exceeding the numbers for last month’s royal wedding.football Updated: Jun 19, 2018 22:02 IST
FIFA World Cup 2018 games have attracted this year’s highest television audiences in Russia and Britain. (FIFA World Cup 2018 full coverage)
Harry Kane scored a brace as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game of the tournament on Monday and the TV viewing pattern of the game showed an interesting trend.
A peak audience of 18.3 million in Britain watched England’s game vs. Tunisia on Monday, the BBC says — exceeding the numbers for last month’s royal wedding.
The British public broadcaster says it got a record total of 3 million requests to stream the game on its website and apps.
The British audience topped the Russian figures despite having less than half the population.
FIFA says 18.05 million viewers watched Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia live on Channel One in the World Cup opener. The audience does not include “digital streaming or out-of-home viewing.”
The most intense viewing figure was in Iceland for its World Cup debut. Iceland’s 1-1 draw with Argentina drew 99.6 percent of viewers who were watching TV on Saturday afternoon in the Nordic island.
The Argentina-Iceland game also had an average audience in China of 44.74 million viewers on CCTV5.
It will be interesting to see if this trend continues, but early signs indicate that the FIFA World Cup’s popularity remains as high as ever.
(With AP inputs)
First Published: Jun 19, 2018 21:57 IST