England’s Euro 2022 final victory over Germany was watched by a peak audience of 17.4 million viewers on BBC One, making it the most-watched women’s football game in the world. British television.
The 2-1 extra-time win is also the most-watched program in the UK so far in 2022.
There were an additional 5.9 million streams of the game on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.
A record crowd of 87,192 watched the match at Wembley Stadium.
Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly scored the goals as the Lionesses offered a first victory to England in a major international tournament since the men’s World Cup triumph of 1966.
“We are incredibly proud to have championed women’s football and delighted to have been able to provide the public with such a special sporting moment,” said BBC Director General Tim Davie.
“It was the most-watched women’s game on British TV of all time and the most-watched program of 2022 so far – and for good reason. Everyone at the BBC is delighted with the win and to be able to share it with the public.
The previous most-watched program of the year was the Party at the Palace event, part of June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which peaked at 13.4 million people.
The previous highest television audience for women’s football in the UK was 11.7 million for England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to the United States in 2019.
An audience of 27.4 million watched the BBC’s Euro 2022 coverage throughout the tournament. All of the most-watched matches were matches against England: England v Germany by 17.4m, England v Sweden by 9.3m, England v Spain by 7.6m, England v Norway by 4m and England v Austria by 3.6 m.
Last year’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy at Wembley, which was shown on both the BBC and ITV, peaked at 30.95 million viewers with an average of 29.85 million views.
It is the highest television audience since the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.